Mail Online (UK) 27 May 2012
An NHS guide to childbirth will no longer use the term ‘Dad’ when referring to the non-pregnant partner as it may offend homosexual couples. The ‘Ready Steady Baby’ pamphlet has been revised after receiving a complaint that it ‘was not inclusive of people in same sex relationships’. After receiving the complaint an equalities assessment was carried out and it was decided to replace ‘dad’ with ‘partner’. The 220 page guide is funded by tax-payers’ money and has been distributed by the NHS to expectant parents for 14 years. Its purpose is to give advice on dealing with pregnancy and to help parents through the process, as well as their child’s first year.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘This is all part of an agenda to present as natural a type of family that cannot be created by natural means. ‘The NHS should not be squandering tax payers’ money to advance the cause of a minority interest group. ‘No matter how much effort is made to present positive images of families headed by same-sex couples, the fact remains it takes a man and a woman to create a child.