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The Controversial Legitimization of Incest by the German Ethics Council - Tradition versus Modernity?
October 02nd, 2014
Psychologist Michael Wunder, a member of the Ethikrat, recently gave an interview to Stern, a popular German periodical, where he justified the proposed decriminalization by stating that siblings who chose to indulge in sexual activities with one another feel constrained in their freedom. He also rejected a remark by the interviewer, who pointed towards the well-documented high rate of disability in children produced by incest, by proclaiming it to be an argumentation that builds upon ideas of eugenics. According to Wunder, the criminalization of incest is not timely anymore. However, the overwhelming majority of the reactions in the German media supported the Ministry of Justice in its denial to heed the proposed legalization of incest.
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