We have a strong interest in the egregious crime of paternity fraud. It’s a subject covered in our general election manifesto (pp 52-54) where we considered two forms. Recently a mother and her gay best friend were jailed in connection with a third form of paternity fraud.
My thanks to David for emailing me in connection with an important piece on a Canadian website. He wrote:
I just came across this site which had a great deal of useful information:
I was particularly struck by the tables showing the blood types that are possible in a child, given the blood types of their parents.
For example two O blood type parents can produce a child with only O blood type. Two parents with A blood type can produce a child with either A or O blood types. Two parents with B blood type can produce a child with either B or O blood type. One parent with A and another with B can produce a child with A, B, AB or O blood types. If one parent has A and another has AB, they can either produce a child with A, B or AB blood types. If one parent has A and another has O, they can either produce a child with A or O blood types.
Given the difficulty and cost of getting DNA tests (need permission of the other parent) getting this type of information out to putative fathers might help them confirm whether or not they are indeed the father.
Perhaps you’d like to publicise this on your website.
In our manifesto we called for a simple and inexpensive measure to detect paternity fraud – compulsory paternity testing at birth. Then, if men financially and emotionally support other men’s children, they’ll know they’re doing so.