Make first-cousin marriage in the U.K. illegal

Make first-cousin marriage in the U.K. illegal

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‘Marriage between first cousins doubles the risk of children being born with birth defects, according to a study seeking answers to the higher than expected rates of deaths and congenital abnormalities in the babies of the Pakistani community.

Researchers have concluded that the cultural practice of marriage between first cousins is a bigger factor than any other – outweighing the effects of deprivation in parts of Bradford, where the study was carried out. Marriage to a blood relative accounted for nearly a third (31%) of all birth defects in babies of Pakistani origin.’

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/science/2013/jul/04/marriage-first-cousins-birth-defects

Below is a documentary showcasing the issues on first-cousin marriages.

https://youtu.be/kyNP3s5mxI8

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