Chelsea Clinton: Conversion therapy in the Republican platform is 'child abuse'

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

Hillary Clinton Delivers Message to Young Girls

Chelsea Clinton criticized the Republican National Convention on Wednesday as being "divisive, degrading, and demeaning," and said the "most offensive" aspect of last week was the party's support of conversion therapy.

"I thought about what I found most offensive last week, and it's hard," said Clinton, who would go on to say that what should rally Democratic voters is the "open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican Party Platform. In other words; child abuse."

"Everything I care most about is at risk in this election, given what Trump and Pence are campaigning for," Clinton continued.

Clinton is referring to a new provision in the Republican Party platform that states parents of LGBT children should be allowed to take their kids to the controversial therapy that claims to change a person's sexual orientation. The platform also defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and rejects the Obama administration's push to redefine sex discrimination laws to include transgender individuals.

Click through images from the DNC:

24 PHOTOS
DNC night 2
See Gallery
DNC night 2
An attendee covers his mouth in protest at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) takes the podium to nominate Hillary Clinton during the second day at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A staff member holds the delegate vote count for Alabama at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking.
Delegates hold a U.S. flag as they cheer during the second day at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (L) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio embrace onstage during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Former Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (L) sits with former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous during the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A man carries a cardboard cutout of the face of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
The Florida delegation wave at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking.
A delegate holds up a sign reading "Election Fraud" during a speech nominating former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) delivers a nomination speech for Senator Bernie Sanders on the second day at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) gestures after nominating Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
An assortment of buttons are seen on a delegates hat at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller
Actresses Lena Dunham (L) and America Fererra speak during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Famous faces at the Democratic National Convention.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26: Donna Brazile, Democratic National Committee Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The silhouettes of photographers are seen as Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, speaks on screen during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Actress Meryl Streep speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Alicia Keys performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
9/11 Survivor Lauren Manning speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Singer Andra Day performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Actors Lena Dunham, left, and America Fererra speak during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Mothers of the Movement, those who have lost children to police violence, take the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Actor Tony Goldwyn speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

While the daughter of the Democratic nominee made the case that her mother should be elected to guarantee that the LGBT community continue to see gains, she also urged delegates to make sure Democrats get elected "up and down the ticket."

"We need to ensure that we can elect people that share our values so that my mom can pass the Equality Act, and so that my mom can federally ban conversion therapy," Clinton said.

Clinton's remarks come a day after her father, former President Bill Clinton, delivered a personal address at the Democratic National Convention, making the case that Hillary Clinton "is still the best darn change maker I have ever known.''

"You could drop her in any trouble spot — pick one — come back in a month ... and somehow she will have made it better. That's just how she is,'' the former president said.

Chelsea Clinton reflected on the emotional address saying, "I almost cried many times during my father's speech last night."

BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN

Read Full Story

People are Reading