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Prohibits Marriage between Cousins

In an article in VG, the researcher and physician at the Children's Centre at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål criticized marriage between cousins among the immigrants. She pointed out that Norwegian doctors see birth defects and serious diseases because of this kind of marriages.

– It happens very often just because the mother and father are related. I find that many mothers are not aware of the risks they expose to their children, "said Heier said.

Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store also presented a report in this field. He said they would propose a ban on inter-family marriages during the Labour Party's national convention, both for health reasons and as a means of preventing forced marriages.

Ban is Stigmatizing

On the other hand, head of the Norwegian Immigration Forum Athar Ali critized the proposed ban on cousin marriage. He believes an intermarried niece can take better care of older family members than others who do not know the family very well.

Deputy Director of Public Health Camilla Stoltenberg also do not think a ban is the right approach and pointed out that alcohol during pregnancy is not prohibited, although it may give the child injuries.

– A ban may stigmatize those who are already married to a cousin. It may also mean that people will refrain from telling that they are relatives during medical treatments, and it is inappropriate to assess the medical risks, "she said to Dagsavisen.

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