OK, so I know this subject has been debated, and a few threads have been made on it, but I came across this argument for legalising incestuous relationships, and I want to see how people who think it shouldn't be legal respond to this:
"People seem to assume a 100% probability that any children will have a severe genetic defect from an incestous relationship.
A litlle research will show that the closest possible relation will increase the defect rate 7 to 10 % above the backgound rate. Now, couples every day, with known genetic disorders or known carriers, try to have children that may have as much as a 50% chance of getting that defect. NOTHING is done to stop them, and in fact many applaude their "conviction" to TRY and have a good one.
So, if the reason is possible defects then either the law is wrong or it is based on something else.
I believe it is based on the "ewwwww", "gross" factor that is the knee jerk reaction most people have. Its true there is a psychological finding called the Westermarck Effect that contributes to that, but for those that arent affected, and there is no under age people involved then and its all consensual, who does it hurt?
You may not like it, but that shouldnt make it illegal."
One thing that fails to address is that when incestuous relationships happen generation after generation you get much higher chances of genetic defects. So that's something that makes it different from people with known genetic disorders having children together, unless carriers of the disorder formed a close community and tended to breed with each other.
Another issue with incest is the possibility of psychological abuse. In the case of a parent-child relationship, even if the child is over 18 by the time they actually have sex, there's probably quite a high chance that the parent "groomed" them from a young age. Obviously this isn't always going to be the case, for example if someone has never met their biological parent until they're already an adult. This is presumably why it's illegal to have sex with someone if you have been their legal guardian, regardless of whether you're biologically related.
It's disgusting and wrong. End of.
Refer to incestual relationships program which came on Channel 4. It focused on families who had children with severe defects, because both the parents were carriers of the defective gene.
Does anyone else remember that documentary?
Stop touching your brother.
You can throw every argument under the sun for it at it me. End of the day, in my opinion it's immoral.
On the face of it it does seem strange considering people who have genetic diseases/defects are allowed to have children (quite rightly) yet their children are far more likely to have these defects than healthy incestious parents.
It's pretty butters though.
damn i know your mum is hot but she's still your mum
It's just wrong.It is not right.
It's like speeding. Would you not think it was stupid to only fine someone for speeding if they caused an accident?
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