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A person's gender is not 'assigned at birth' by anyone

To The Daily Sun,

There has been a lot of discussion lately about providing special protection for persons who consider themselves to be "transgender." There is pending legislation that has not yet been voted upon by the General Court and efforts by some school boards in the state to adopt so-called transgender policies. In a careful review of a proposed school board policy under consideration in my town (apparently based upon a "model" policy promulgated by who knows who), I was struck and perplexed by some very interesting language in which a person's sex is referred to as "the sex to which they are assigned at birth."

Who "assigns" a person's sex at birth? Is it the doctor who delivers the baby? Is it the nurses who assist with the delivery? Is it the hospital in which the baby is born? Is it the health department officials who complete the birth certificates? The factual answer is "None of the above."

A person's sex is not "assigned at birth" by anyone. It is determined at conception, when life begins, when the father's sperm, which may carry either an X or Y sex chromosome, fertilizes the mother's ovum, which only carries an X sex chromosome. If an X comes from the sperm, the result is a female, while if a Y comes from the sperm, the result is a male. As scientifically advanced as modern medicine may be, it does not really know which of the sperm cells will fertilize the ovum and why.

So maybe the true answer is that a person's sex is assigned at conception by God. A truly radical thought.

State Rep. Norman J. Silber


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I didn't have to tell my father he'd lost his best friend of 60 years

To The Daily Sun,

Saturday, Feb. 18, started like a typical weekend day but quickly changed course by afternoon. With an elderly mother (she doesn't like us to use that word) mildly complaining of muscle spasms in her neck and right side, we found ourselves in the LRGH Emergency Department seeking some sort of answer to the "spasms." She was certain it was just a pulled muscle from shoveling snow a few days prior.

Within five minutes of walking through the door, my mother was in a room explaining her ailment. Within seconds, the chatting abruptly ended, and my mother went into cardiac arrest. The next few minutes are a blur as the Emergency Department team took complete control of the situation, and me! A doctor, Dr. Morrison, came out to speak with me and explained the situation as "something big," and although my mother had been revived, she would need immediate transport to Concord Hospital for further procedures.

There was clearly a significant amount of steadfast "behind the scenes" action taking place. There was an action plan in place with Concord Hospital, and that plan was followed to perfection. The level of care and compassion shown to both my mother and me was nothing short of tremendous. There were hugs from the LRGH team and the paramedic from Best Care Ambulance doing the transport (two LRGH ED nurses were also on the transport), all wishing positive thoughts as they left for Concord.

Fortunately, that afternoon, I did not have to tell a man, my father, he lost his best friend of 60 years. Dr. Morrison and the LRGH Emergency Department team of Feb. 18, saved my mother's life, and for that I am so very thankful and offer eternal gratitude from both my family and me.

Robin Leighton Dunbar

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