Face it, most kids who grow up without one parent are going to get curious and try to find said parent at some point. I am certainly not lost on this reality—especially since I know exactly where JD’s father lives, as does law enforcement in New Jersey—there really is no mystery. If JD wants to know his dad—I’ll give him his cell phone number and address. That aside, it’s not too hard to find an absent parent with google, Facebook and TV shows aimed to help people reunite with lost family members. For Penny Lawrence, a 28-year-old woman who lives in Ireland, the itch to know her father became very real and deranged.
Lawrence’s mom and dad, Gary Ryan, met in America where she was conceived, but Ryan split after the pregnancy was announced and never participated, claiming Lawrence’s grandparents didn’t want him around. When Lawrence was 18, her grandparents died and she was left with no immediate family and this prompted her to search for her father. She found Ryan, 46, in Houston, Texas last year. They met. They fell in love. They are pregnant.
This is not a joke.
I am sure most of you are cringing or your own fathers are popping into your heads (ew) and you are throwing up in your mouths, but for Lawrence and Ryan, their love is natural and genuine. Lawrence told The Sun: “We are not committing incest, but are victims of GSA.” (Genetic Sexual Attraction — a term which has been used since the 1980s to describe feelings of attraction between blood relatives who meet first as adults. There is a theory that humans are attracted to faces similar to their own. Also not meeting until both are adults means that normal sexual taboo between relatives has not had time to develop).
“We’ve never experienced a father-daughter relationship, so we’re just like any other strangers who meet in adulthood,” Lawrence said.
Ryan chimed in: “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.”
But it is different than if you met Penny in a bar. Plenty of sound-minded adults seek out their biological parents because they were abandoned or adopted, yet they do not have sex with them and conceive children. I feel like this is incest, because this is Lawrence’s biological father, regardless of the detached relationship they had through the course of her life. Dad and daughter knowingly had sex with each other.
The Sun reports the 12-week ultrasound revealed no defects. Lawrence and Ryan are in the process of moving in together and readying themselves to raise this baby—who is Lawrence’s child and Ryan’s grandchild. They are admittedly nervous the court will intervene because this is, in fact, illegal in America and the theory of GSA will not hold up in a court of law. Which begs the question: Why is this couple advertising this story? Why did they agree to an interview with The Sun? Sick. Sick. Sick. Maybe for $$$ -- who knows!
I really want to know how you guys feel about this twisted story. Do you have sympathy for Lawrence and buy into this GSA theory? Do you find the couple to have committed incest? Do you worry about the child? Please share.