Daughter & Dad Reunite, Make Baby


pregnant bellyIt would have been a beautiful reunion story. Last year, Penny Lawrence, 28, set out to find her birth father whom she had never met. From her home in Ireland, she was able to track Garry Ryan, 46, down in Texas. They met, connected ... and then connected a little too much. She's now pregnant with his baby.

It is beyond disturbing and completely and utterly unfathomable to me that something like this could happen, but they act as if it's the most natural, beautiful thing in the world. They say they're in love and deny that it's incest. Instead they say they are victims of Genetic Sexual Attraction. Lawrence told The Sun:

We are not committing incest, but are victims of GSA. We’ve never experienced a father-daughter relationship, so we’re just like any other strangers who meet in adulthood.

Only he's your BIOLOGICAL FATHER. You are not like strangers at all. This attraction may or may not be a real thing, I don't care. Even if you're attracted to someone, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SLEEP WITH THEM. Keep your feelings repressed and move on.

Ryan told the paper:

It’s no different than if I met Penny in a bar. I’d have fallen for her as I have now. It doesn't feel like we are doing anything wrong.

Only it's illegal ... and disgusting.

I'm sure it's tough to grow up without a father, but it still doesn't excuse or explain such a relationship. Apparently Ryan tried to marry Lawrence's mother when she first found out she was pregnant at 18, but he says her family "disapproved of the relationship and didn't want me around." Sounds like they were smart people.

If there wasn't a baby involved, I would be more willing to turn a disgusted blind eye to the whole mess, but when you bring a child into it, it's just flat-out wrong. They are clearly not mentally stable enough to serve as parents to this child, and I hope someone intervenes to see that they don't.

Do you think this father and daughter should be allowed to raise their child, who is a result of incest?

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nonmember avatar Chelsea sekely

No! Who is to say they wont be attracted to the child also. How embarrassing and shameful to grow up in that hose hold as well.

Jill Coury Benson

I think it is too weird and makes my stomach sick.....but....in the egyption times, royal brothers and sisters were seperated from each other when little and raised apart so they could be runited to marry each other and keep the blood lines pure. See where it got them???? A bunch of sickly kings.....
Anthropolgy explains to us that when we grow up familiar with each other and in our family unit places we are too familiar with each other to have those initimate feelings...but growing up apart and maybe the two of them are

Pbutt... Pbuttercup0625

That poor kid will need years and years of therapy, and who knows if they will end up telling the kid the truth or even if they decide to have more children.  Yes its gross, and so many shades of wrong.  I would like to say, "let them raise the kid, and may God be with them" but I just keep coming back to what kind of cycle this can cause.  The kid being raised to think its okay to "keep it in the family" and having to tell people that his mom and dad are in fact father and daughter.  Yeah I really don't know what to think on this. My mind is blank.

nonmember avatar ZED

the kid will be ashamed to death!!! what WWF are these people doing!!!

popta... poptart0325

I just threw up in my mouth a little. That is extremely gross. What if the child grows up and one of them are attracted to it? How are they going to explain their relationship to their child? I've heard of cousins marrying cousins and having babies (which is also disgusting) but father and daughter? I'm just shocked by this. How do they not think it's wrong? They need to be evaluated by a mental health professional. Geez.

butte... butterflymkm

I know this happens sometimes with relatives cousins and siblings and such when they don't know they are related until afterwards but I think if they KNEW they were related it's a little weird. Okay a lot weird. I get thy theydidnt know each other growing up but I wonder I thy had genetic testing to make sure the child will be healthy? I don't think the child should be taken away nessisarily but there needs to be a whole lot of investigation into the whole story and background.

Paula Matthysse

They share the same genes putting the chlld at greater risk for illnesses that would not have been a concern. I understand the "if we'd met in a bar" explanation, however they knew they shared the same genetic make-up, he is her biological father. I still see her as a victim in some ways. She was seeking someone she needed to know...he took advantage of her need-no matter that she is old enough to know better. This is so sad on so  many levels.

nonmember avatar Ash

I can see their point. True he's her father, but she didn't grow up seeing him as Daddy. And she's not his little girl, so they don't have that relationship and boundaries that we who know our sperm donors as dad do. It's unfortunate for the child that they decided to screw each other and made a baby before giving the father/daughter relationship time to develop.

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