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Prisoner to father a child from behind bars.

Summary: An unnamed criminal will be allowed to have a child from behind bars, after claiming the Human Rights Act gives him the right to a family.

A prisoner is being allowed to have a child from behind bars.

The unnamed inmate has been given permission by the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke to have a child by artificial insemination, according to the Daily Mail.

The criminal claims not letting him start a family goes against article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which allows everyone the right to a family life.

It is the first case of a prisoner being allowed to have children since 2007, when the European Court of Human Rights ruled Britain was breaching the rights of murderer Kirk Dickson and his wife by denying them access to artificial insemination.

Neil Atkinson of the National Victims' Association said: "It is amazing that Ken Clarke sees fit to help a convicted criminal to have a family when families bereaved through homicide are forever deprived of such a human right."

Last week, 33-year-old Wayne Bishop had an eight month prison sentence for burglary and dangerous driving suspended under the Human Rights Act because, he claimed, it caused his five children unnecessary suffering.

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Date:Jun 5, 2011
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