Canadian man jailed for maternity fraud

Our thanks to C for pointing us to this story. We know paternity fraud – whether attempted or realised – is commonplace. In the UK it’s also a criminal offence, but no woman has ever been convicted of it. We were interested to read a story from Canada, dating back to January 2013. It concerns that rarest of crimes, attempted maternity fraud. A Canadian man frustrated a contraceptive method – he put holes in the end of his condoms – his partner duly became pregnant, and he was jailed:

Now this is the most startling element in the story:

The province’s Court of Appeal ruled on the  verdict yesterday 4-1, supported by Chief Justice Michael MacDonald’s  explanation that ‘the alleged victim must be fully aware of the exact nature of  the proposed sexual activity.’

But one judge who disagreed warned  that this  decision would have dangerous repercussions on women who secretly stop taking  the pill to get pregnant.

‘The majority’s reasons… have the potential  for increased, and potentially unwarranted, criminalization,’ wrote Justice  David Farrar. ‘Expanding  criminal liability in this way would represent a  dramatic step  backwards.’

In his email C made the following comments about the dissenting judge. A good point, well made, we think:

In Justice David Farrar’s opinion, it’s fine to punish men as long as the consequences mean that you are not forced to punish women for the same offence. This is the most blatant example of double standards I have ever seen.

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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