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Man Who Has 4 Children With His Sister Is Fighting To Make Incest Legal

Man Who Has 4 Children With His Sister Is Fighting To Make Incest Legal

The 44-year-old and his 37-year-old sister had four children between the years 2001 and 2005.

'A German man is calling for an end to laws that ban incestuous relationships like his. Patrick Stuebing, 44, from Leipzig, was adopted as a child and met his birth family in his 20s. That's when he also met his younger sister Susan Karolewski, now 37 years old. When he moved back with his birth family he began a romantic relationship with his sister. Between 2001 and 2005, the pair had four children, two of whom are disabled, reports The Daily Mail.



 

 

Speaking about his relationship with the then-15-year-old in 2007, Stuebing said, "We both stayed up late into the night to talk to each other about our hopes and dreams." When their mother Ana Marie died six months after he moved in Stuebing "became head of the family and I had to protect my sister. She is very sensitive but we helped each other during this very difficult period and eventually that relationship became physical. We didn't even know we were doing anything wrong when we started sleeping together. We didn't think about using a condom. Our mother would not have approved, but the only ones who should judge us now is us." Over the years his sister gave birth to a baby boy, Erik who is now 20 years old and can hardly speak or walk. Their other daughter 19-year-old Sara suffers from similar disabilities. They also have two other children, 18-year-old Nancy, and 17-year-old Sophia. Stuebing explained, "Two of our children are disabled. But that is not necessarily anything to do with the fact that we are siblings. There are other disabled people in our family. We had six brothers and sisters who did not survive in some cases because they were disabled."



 

The couple was tried for incest in 2002. Stuebing was found guilty on all counts and received a year's suspended jail term. His then 17-year-old sister was treated as a juvenile and placed into the care of youth services. Over the years they tried fighting the system. By 2014,  the German Ethics Council made a shocking u-turn and voted in favor of allowing incest between siblings.



 

According to Pop Dust, a statement released by the council reads, “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. In the case of consensual incest among adult siblings, neither the feat of negative consequences for the family nor the possibility of the birth of children from such incestuous relationships, can justify a criminal prohibition." “The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination has more weight in such cases than the abstract protection of the family," the council concluded. “Incest between siblings appears to be very rare in Western societies according to available data but those affected describe how difficult their situation is in light of the threat of punishment." Now the couple continues to fight to make incest legal."We do not feel guilty about what has happened between us. We want the law which makes incest a crime to be abolished," Stuebing shared

Representational Image Source: Getty Images/ Davin G Photography

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