- Pregnancy booklet has been revised after a complaint
- The complaint said it was excluding same-sex couples to use term ‘dad’
- Review identified ‘need to use language that was more inclusive’
The Health Service has removed the word ‘dad’ from a pregnancy handbook for fear of offending gay and lesbian parents.
Officials decided to use the term ‘partner’ throughout the 200-page guide, titled Ready Steady Baby, after receiving a complaint that ‘dad’ was discriminating against same-sex couples.
But the omission of the word has angered some campaigners who claim that traditional family values are being undermined.
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 taxpayers’ money to advance the cause of a minority interest group.
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‘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.’
Robert Oxley, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s barmy that the NHS is wasting money reprinting guides because of a single complaint. Becoming a dad isn’t synonymous with one type of couple so it seems ridiculous to worry about changing it.
‘The NHS has bigger priorities than prescribing how to define who wants to be called dad.’
Although the guide is published by the NHS, it is given only to pregnant women in Scotland when they go to ante-natal classes. Expectant mothers in England are given a similar pamphlet, The Pregnancy Book.
A spokesman for the Department of Health, which produces it, said there were no plans to remove the word ‘dad’ from this guide.
A spokesman for NHS Health Scotland said it had been reviewing the wording anyway and had made several other changes. They confirmed it cost £100,000 to print 90,000 copies of the new version.
The spokesman added: ‘It is standard practice to review publications on a yearly basis, if not more often. At the time this complaint was received the Ready Steady Baby text had just been through its annual review, changes made and the new edition was printed in December 2011.
‘The review process identified the need to use language that was more inclusive, particularly in relation to same-sex partnerships.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail