Prisoner granted right `to father child from UK jail`

The prisoner is thought to be the first to win the right since murderer Kirk Dickson in 2007.

Updated: Jun 01, 2011, 15:45 PM IST

London: In probably a first-of-its-kind
case, a prisoner in Britain has reportedly been granted the
right to father a child from behind bars through artificial
insemination.

British Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke granted
the request from the inmate to father a child with his partner
earlier this year due to European laws which guarantee him the
right to a "family life", according to British media reports.

The decision to allow him the treatment, which may
cost up to 2,000 pounds, was based on his rights under Article
8 of the Human Rights Act, the reports said.

"We do not comment on individual prisoners or
their partners. Prisoners may apply for access to artificial
insemination facilities. The Secretary of State makes a
reasoned decision taking account of all relevant information
about the individual case.

"The Ministry of Justice will not provide any funding
towards treatment," a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice
was quoted as saying.

Though the prisoner`s name has not been disclosed,
the case comes after a burglar Wayne Bishop used the same laws
last week to secure an early release from a British prison so
that he could care for his children.

The prisoner is thought to be the first to win
the right since murderer Kirk Dickson in 2007, with 16 similar
requests having been rejected. Dickson`s application to have
an IVF baby with his partner while serving a life sentence was
declined by then Home Secretary David Blunkett.

PTI