Ireland: Prisoners to be given access to fertility treatment

Prisoners are set to be given access to fertility treatment while behind bars.

Senator Mary Seery Kearney spoke with prison officials in recent days after receiving a number of queries from members of the public. She said a scheme, which will be part of the Assisted Reproduction Bill, will allow prisoners to take part in fertility treatment and the service will be available to men and women.

Ms Seery Kearney told the Irish Examiner: “In so far as prisoners have entitlements behind bars, this should be the same. It will mean for men and women behind bars, they will be able to go through IVF and intrauterine insemination (IUI) or continue treatment if they are in the middle of it when they go into prison”.