The Polygamy Question
Berny Belvedere

No one ever talks about the children, about men too old and girls too young to be having children and in breeding problems. When you have 30 half brothers and sisters and 150 first cousins there comes a time when inbreeding problems will surface. Imagine my horror when some polygamists who were being interviewed were so matter a fact in describing that in their religion they are required to send back to God the babies 
who were born defective. 
Their words were “ not perfect” It was chilling 
and it did answer my continuing question 
where are the children with birth defects. 
I have never heard about inherited genetic disorders surface 
in the known polygamist groups, but I have read many reports 
where they do surface in other cloistered groups. 
Now mind you this could be an isolated case of a splinter group, 
but it does not change the fact that inbreeding problems will occur.

The “low-status” and “high-status” men debate is a useless debate
unless “low-status” and “high-status” was referring to healthy 
and unhealthy specimens needed for having healthy children 
instead of what it has always meant, 
politically , or economically powerful men who can be 60 years old 
with old shrivelled up sperm having children with 14 year old girls
versus impoverished unconnected men of no political or economic power.

“Over the last few years, it has become apparent that older dads 
have kids with more genetic diseases than younger dads. 
This is clearest for simpler diseases like dwarfism or Apert syndrome. 
But newer data is pointing towards an increased risk 
for more complex diseases like autism and schizophrenia too.

The older the dad, the more mutations he passes down to his kids. 
They were able to calculate that for every year older, 
a dad will pass on an average of two new mutations to his child.

Mom’s age didn’t affect the number of mutations much at all 
and she contributed fewer mutations to her kids no matter what her age.”’-kids-higher-risk-genetic-disease

“The older Dad gets, the riskier it is for him to conceive a child.

The list of alarming possibilities Raeburn cites include “bipolar disorder, birth defects, cleft lip and palate, water on the brain, dwarfism, miscarriage, premature birth, and ‘decreased intellectual capacity.’”

Especially noteworthy are the increased risks for psychiatric disease 
such as autism and schizophrenia.”

Although adolescents aged 10–19 years account for 11% of all births worldwide, they account for 23% of the overall burden of disease 
(disability- adjusted life years) due to pregnancy and childbirth.

Many health problems are particularly associated 
with negative outcomes of pregnancy during adolescence. 
These include anaemia, postpartum haemorrhage 
and mental disorders, such as depression.

Up to 65% of women with obstetric fistula develop this as adolescents, 
with dire consequences for their lives, physically and socially.

Adolescent pregnancy is dangerous for the child
Stillbirths and death in the first week of life are 50% higher 
among babies born to mothers younger than 20 years 
than among babies born to mothers 20–29 years old.

Deaths during the first month of life are 50–100% more frequent 
if the mother is an adolescent versus older, 
and the younger the mother, the higher the risk.

The rates of preterm birth, low birth weight and asphyxia 
are higher among the children of adolescents, 
all of which increase the chance of death 
and of future health problems for the baby.

That is what the conversation needs to be about.

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