Posted by Nora on October 21, 1997 at 17:10:03:
Yes, I agree about most the items that this expert says, and I do believe that when those laws were enacted that people had no idea what lay in genetics. But I must protest on one subject if I may. The disease. If this happens to pertain to Mansfield Park and how us Crawfordites were shunning the whole ordeal about Fanny & Edmund, we realize that there could be chance that they would not have Teeage Mutant Ninja Bertrams, but the chance of disease increases with whatever was in the family lines. For example. My father's family has a history of ear disorders and heart disease. My mother's family has no known diseases in their lines. If I was to marry a man from my father's side. One of my first cousins perhaps, Those chance of disease are naturally multiplied. There could have been a history of something more horrid in the Bertram lines and I am not saying that I am treating this as if it were a real case, but this is the reason that I find it to be a terrible thing. It is willingly introducing future offspring into more danger. That is one of the reasons why the British royal family had been so ill for hundreds of years. They married too close. This is of course all IMHO, but I hope I am not too far off the marker....;-)
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