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Criminologist warns parents they risk arrest under Scotland’s proposal to outlaw ‘conversion therapy’

Criminologist warns parents they risk arrest under Scotland’s proposal to outlaw ‘conversion therapy’
Dr Stuart Waiton
ET staff writer
ET staff writer
13 July, 2022 2 min read

Scotland’s proposed conversion therapy ban could end up with parents being treated like criminals, according to a criminologist.

Dr Stuart Waiton, writing in Scottish newspaper The Herald, said the proposed conversion therapy ban could treat parents in Scotland like ‘torturers’ and criminals for ‘expressing their moral values and beliefs to their children’.

He wrote, ‘The fact that grown adults seeking guidance about their sexuality are disregarded and presented as simply victims of other people is a profoundly degenerate and one-sided idea of human subjectivity.’

In April, proposed legislation was introduced to enable transgender ‘self-identification’, allowing people as young as 16 to change the sex on their birth certificate in Scotland.

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