The male contraceptive pill – an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside

I made a contribution to a piece on Simon Hoban’s show yesterday. It starts at 2:56, following a professor talking about the associated research:

I made my contribution on a mobile phone, which is never ideal. Also, you never know on such programmes how long you’ll have to speak, so I’ve learned to get in key points as early as possible. The following text consists of the preparatory notes I made for the programme, and I managed to deliver more than a few of the key points in the short time available:

“I think the male pill is potentially a fantastic thing for men. Of course men would take the pill, if only because if they failed to do so for any reason, including forgetfulness, they could be paying the consequences for 18 years or more, if their partners became pregnant and decided to have the children. All the rights when it comes to reproductive issues belong to women, and no responsibilities. Men have no rights in this area, and whatever responsibilities women choose to land on them.

The male pill could stop two forms of paternity fraud, where women deceive men and become pregnant. But in practise it probably won’t, especially if men keep the pills in the home. I’ll explain why. A market will develop for pills which look identical but which have no contraceptive effect. Some women will substitute the real pills with the bogus pills, given the chance. For anyone who doubts that women could be so devious in their bids to become pregnant by men who don’t want to become fathers, we posted a piece some months ago about positive paternity test strips being sold on eBay. The buyers were women who wanted their partners to believe they were pregnant, with a view either to getting married, or to stop using contraception, and thereby become pregnant naturally.

We’ll be making proposals with respect to two forms of paternity fraud in the 2015 general election manifesto of the political party I lead, Justice for men & boys. The first type of fraud is where women cause contraceptive methods to fail, often by not taking the contraceptive pill, while they’re deceiving their partners into believing they’re still taking it. It’s also well-known some women use the contents of their partners’ used condoms in a bid to become pregnant. The Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones admitted to having done exactly that, though her efforts were unsuccessful. Her article made it clear that many women deceive their partners in a bid to become pregnant.

The second type of paternity fraud is where a woman leads a man to believe a child is biologically his, when it isn’t. It’s estimated that between 10% – 30% of British children are being supported financially and otherwise by men who’ve been misled into believing they’re children’s biological fathers. That must surely amount to millions of men in Britain today. Even attempting this form of paternity fraud is a criminal offence in the UK, but no British woman’s ever been convicted of the crime. The CSA alone learns of 500+ cases of fraud year each year, when men contest women’s claims they’re the fathers of individual children, they’ve demanded a paternity test, and thereby proven they’re not the children’s biological fathers. How many more men just trust the word of their ex-partners and as a result support other men’s kids – financially, emotionally etc. – for 18 years or more?”

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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