Will incest cease to be beyond the pale? During a case in which a brother is being tried for allegedly raping his sister, Aussie judge Garry Neilson argued that it might be time for society to cast aside its legal and cultural taboos against incest. The Telegraph:
He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion. […]
“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” the judge said.
“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something this offensive come out of Australia. In 2012 a group of Oxford-educated ethicists, one now teaching in Australia, said that so-called “after-birth” abortions were morally acceptable. That seems like a hard act to follow, but abortions as a failsafe for incest might just do the trick.