It stands to reason that if abortion is viewed as morally and legally correct, other immoral acts will become socially acceptable as well. Now, according to a judge in Australia, incest is one of those acts.
During the trial of a brother charged with raping his younger sister, Judge Garry Neilson said that incest may no longer be morally unacceptable because the only reason it is criminal is due to the potential for abnormalities in any conceived children. Neilson said that thanks to contraception and abortion, there is no longer that risk.
The man on trial had raped his sister beginning when she was as young as 10 or 11 and pleaded guilty to that. However, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him for the incest that occurred after the sister turned 18.
“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.”
The judge went on to say that by the time the sister had turned 18, they were both mature adults, and since she had been sexually involved with two other men, she had been “sexually awoken.” And since sex outside marriage and homosexuality have now both become socially acceptable, so can incest.
This isn’t the first time that the legality and acceptance of abortion has led to the idea that other illegal and immoral acts should become acceptable. We saw it with the idea of after-birth abortion, or infanticide.
The Journal of Medical Ethics published an article that stated that babies are not “actual persons” and therefore have no “moral right to life,” therefore after-birth abortion should be legal. In some countries it is legal now to kill disabled newborns, and in 2013, Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow spoke in support of the choice to deny medical care to babies born alive as a result of a botched abortion:
How many longstanding laws based on our moral code will soon be struck down thanks to the legality of abortion?