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First-Cousin Marriage Debate @ House of Lords – 13.05.14

INSAAN attended the debate at the House of Lords on Tuesday 13th May 2014 relating to first cousin marriages and birth defects in the newborn. There was a good turn out for the meeting. The audience comprised of leading medical doctors, academics, religious clerics, politicians and members of the general public.

We have comprised a report below. Read more below to find out the summary and gallery highlights of the event.

These are not personal views and may not reflect or represent the views of the individuals of INSAAN.

The First Cousin Marriage Debate Re-Visited:

First-cousin marriage in Muslim households is quite common. However, medical professionals inform us that such marriages carry an increased degree of risk to children arising from such a relationship. Not everyone shares or agrees with this viewpoint. The whole subject matter remains very controversial.

With so much confusion amongst the general public about the pros and cons of first cousin marriage, INSAAN thought it would be interesting to seek your views on this highly charged topic.

So, tell us what you think – good and bad.

What are the advantages and disadvantages, if any, of marrying your first cousin?

Do you think there are increased health problems affecting children from such marriages?

Please note: The content of our report is for your information only and is not to be taken as medical advice from INSAAN. The best person to answer any health queries you may have is your own GP or medical consultant.

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