Do prisoners have a human right to be fathers? I don’t think so


prison barsForgive me if I’m a little cold-hearted towards a convicted murderer who believes it’s his human right to father a child.

Six British prisoners believe that the Human Rights Act grants them the privilege of donating sperm and artificially inseminating partners who they say will be too old to conceive once they are released from their lengthy prison sentences.

Take Kirk Dickson, 34, who is serving a 15-year minimum sentence for kicking a man to death because he wouldn’t give up a packet of cigarettes.

Should this violent man have the right to father a child?

No parent is perfect, granted, but (at the risk of sounding like a Daily Mail journalist) why on earth should we be encouraging violent men to bring new life into the world?

Perhaps Dickson and the other prisoners going to the courts should have thought about their victims’ human rights before crying that their incarceration prevents procreation.



This has been rumbling on for eight years. The then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, blocked the decision, as did The High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Unfortunately. Strasbourg’s final appeal court, the Grand Chamber, then concluded that blocking the request was a denial of the couple’s right to become parents.

There are thousands of law-abiding couples for whom the ability to conceive is a real issue, and yet these miscreants believe they have a right, despite their failure to behave properly in a civilised society, to become parents. It’s sickening, quite frankly, and it no judge should even be entertaining the idea.

What do you think? Am I being too harsh? Does anyone have the right to parenthood regardless of their history?

(Via The Telegraph)