Family Planning at its worst.

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Chris Spivey

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to read newspaper reports that tell you the full story instead of us having to rely on speculation to fill in the missing gaps?

Take this incest story that is doing the rounds at the moment for instance… Talk about an incomplete report.

Never the less, for those of you unaware of the sordid tale, here are the details:

GERMANY’S national ethics council wants to allow incest between siblings, saying the risk of disability in children isn’t enough to warrant the law.

The Independent reports that the council made the recommendation after reviewing the case of Patrick Stuebing, a man who was adopted as a child and met his half-sister when he was 24 and she was 16.

The pair have four children together, however he was jailed for three years in 2008 and his sister, Susan Karolewski, was only allowed to keep one out of their four children.

Two of the children are disabled although it is unclear if that is a result of their parents being related.

Overnight, the German Ethics Council recommended that Section 173 of the German criminal code, which makes incest an offence under which offenders can be jailed for years, be repealed.

The chairman of the council, Christiane Woopen, was among the 14 members voting in favour of repealing the law, while nine people voted for the ban to continue and two abstained.

“The majority of the German Ethics Council is of the opinion that it is not appropriate for a criminal law to preserve a social taboo,” the council said. “In the case of consensual incest among adult siblings, neither the fear of negative consequences for the family, nor the possibility of the birth of children from such incestuous relationships can justify a criminal prohibition. Source

Now straight away you should have taken on-board the contents of the opening sentence: “GERMANY’S national ethics council wants to allow incest between siblings, saying the risk of disability in children isn’t enough to warrant the law”.

Is sex between a brother and sister ethical? It certainly isn’t in my opinion. There are some things that you just don’t do and indeed it says a lot about the morality of our species that such acts need to be given the force of law in the first place – not that the law seems to play a major role in the minds of those committing incest.

I mean, fuck me, the in-bred upper echelons of our society certainly don’t take any notice of the law.

Never the less, the Elephant in the room is the fact that the couple in question, Patrick Stuebing and Susan Karolewski – who are half brother and half sister to each other – have 4 children, two of whom are disabled… Or put another way; half of them.

However, of the three reports that I have read on this case, all of them state that: “Two of the children are disabled although it is unclear if that is a result of their parents being related”.

Now, to me that information is massively important and more or less the be all and end all to the question.

After all, if the chances of a HALF brother and sister producing a handicapped child are 50-50, then quite, quite clearly the risk IS more than enough to warrant the law… So why does that crucial information surrounding the two disabled children remain “unclear”?

And whilst we are on the subject of ethics, how the fuck is it ethical to remove the older 3 children from their mother and father whilst leaving the youngest at home?

Is a complete, accurate and detailed article really too much to expect from the press these days? Or are we deliberately being kept in the dark to further a more sinister agenda?

Morning all, welcome to another week of madness.

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