The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

MR JOHN USHERWOOD DUN­CAN LYBURN — DR VIC­TO­RIA ANNE WAKE­FIELD LAWSON The en­gage­ment is an­nounced be­tween John Lyburn, son of Mr and Mrs Bruce J. D. Lyburn, of Over Bow, For­far, An­gus, and Vic­to­ria Lawson, el­der daugh­ter of Dr and Mrs Peter G. Lawson, of Glen­brook, Bail­liesmills, Co. Down. Waiton of Aber­tay Univer­sity (The Courier, November 13).

The councillor states that Dr Waiton is warn­ing about some­thing that will not hap­pen be­cause “clin­i­cal de­ci­sions will con­tinue to be made by med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als within the NHS”.

And yet this is pre­cisely what the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is proposing – that peo­ple will sim­ply, by fill­ing out a form, with­out as­sess­ment or help from any med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, be able to change their gen­der.

Fur­ther­more, it has come to light that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has sent out guid­ance to all schools (in­clud­ing pri­mary) that par­ents should not be in­formed if a child wishes to change their gen­der.

A teacher can­not put sun­tan cream on a child with­out per­mis­sion from the child but they can help them ‘change’ their gen­der – with­out telling the par­ents.

This is the level of in­san­ity that our gov­ern­ment is go­ing to in their pur­suit of their Brave New World.

I sus­pect the good peo­ple of Dundee will fer­vently hope that it is not the di­rec­tion that Dundee City Coun­cil will be push­ing its schools.

To tell pri­mary school chil­dren that they can change their gen­der is ap­pallingly ig­no­rant, to en­cour­age them to do so is quite sim­ply state­spon­sored child abuse.

There is a grow­ing body of ev­i­dence which shows the harm that this abuse causes.

Par­ents need to be aware and be warned. We need to stand up for our chil­dren be­fore it be­comes a crime to do so.

David Robert­son. St Peters Free Church, 4 St Peter Street, Dundee.

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