Should convicts have the “human right” to get expensive NHS treatment for IVF? Logically, one would say NO but we live at a time when “rights” trump responsibilities and have the European Court as their guarantor.
Chris Grayling last night pledged to face down Strasbourg human rights judges and stop prisoners getting IVF at taxpayers’ expense. In a highly combative move, the Justice Secretary made clear he wants a ban on convicts accessing costly fertility treatment from behind bars.The European Court of Human Rights has ruled blocking prisoners’ access to treatment may breach their right to a ‘private and family life’.
This “right” to a “private and family life” is the most pernicious manifestation of political activism cloaked as law.
Since a 2007 case involving a British killer, 13 inmates have demanded the right to father children, citing the decision. In 2011, one application was approved by then Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt. But today Mr Grayling, a critic of human rights rulings, said: ‘I am extremely concerned about prisoners having access to artificial insemination, which is why I am reviewing the policy with a view to banning it. ‘There can be no clearer example of why we need changes to the human rights framework.’ In December, it was revealed five life prisoners, four murderers and a drug dealer, had made applications to the Ministry of Justice for fertility treatment. The decision on what happens ultimately rests with the Justice Secretary.
I’m sorry but when it comes to pandering to the alleged needs of murderers and drug dealers in respect of IVF, we really have lost the plot. Gray