02/06/2011 11:14 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Prisoner Allowed To Father Baby From Behind Bars

Prisoner allowed to father baby from behind bars PA

A prisoner has been given permission to artificially inseminate his partner while serving time.

Justice Minister Ken Clarke has ordered a review into the case after it emerged a prisioner had been allowed to father a baby under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Government initially suggested the approval for the insemination required the approval of the Secretary of State, but a review has now been called after the Prime Minister's official spokesman said it 'had not been dealt with in the way it should have been'.

The Ministry of Justice has said it won't be funding the procedure, but it's unclear if taxpayers would land the bill.

Four years ago the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Britain needed to allow access to this sort of treatment because of the 'right to family'.

There have been 16 applications from prisoners to use this, and up until now, all had been rejected.

What do you think?
Should prisoners be allowed to have children in the outside world or have they forfeited that right?