[T]here are three reasons to reject the idea that gender can be legally reassigned on demand. The first is that to deny the relevance of biological sex is simply to deny science.
Second, it is vital that the law provides safeguards to young people who are considering transitioning. They need adequate protection along a path that sometimes leads to radical surgery.
Third, the proposed change in the law will present a risk to women, undermining hard-won rights. Already police allow males accused of rape to identify as women and female-identifying men have been sent to female jails where they can and have abused women.
Too often trans rights activists have tried to advance their cause by stealth. Meanwhile anyone who has attempted to question the push to strip the law of any legal recognition of biological sex, including Times writers, has been subjected to sustained abuse. In this respect the Liberal Democrats in raising the issue may have unintentionally performed a public service.”