William Collins’s notes on men’s right to demand DNA tests to prove (or disprove) paternity

We’re all working long hours on the election manifesto, and our best guess at the moment is that it will be published on this site w/c 1 December. One of the areas that’s proving more challenging than we’d anticipated is paternity fraud. One issue is the right of women to deny men the opportunity to prove (or disprove) paternity through DNA testing. We’re still working through the issue, but we thought this two-page piece from William Collins would be of interest to J4MB followers. William was also the author of this excellent piece on the issue of paternity fraud.

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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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  • An obvious start will be to publicise that fact that it’s a crime in the first place. I suspect the public are oblivious and victims unaware that there may be redress. It will be difficult to make testing compulsory, but it would be good to make it mandatory to offer this on the NHS at birth. There are good medical reasons for doing so – it’s important for any of us to know our genetic inheritance for the prevention or diagnosis of many common diseases and conditions.

  • On the subject of the other type of paternity fraud, entrapment, there’s a small study carried out in 2005/6 cited here:


    It’s entitled: “Risking pregnancy for “Mr. Right”: unintended pregnancy and female mating preferences”. The author is Melinda Spohn a social worker and researcher at Spokane Falls Community College in Washington State.

    In the study, more than a third of a sample of 400 women said they had risked pregnancy in the past with men who had attractive qualities–such as commitment to the relationship, good financial prospects or the desire for a family–but hadn’t discussed the possibility of pregnancy with their partner.