Should Prison Inmates Be Allowed To Parent Children

Essay by SouthernShawty18Junior High, 9th gradeA+, October 2004

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William Gerber and his wife have always planned on having children. The only problem is he is currently in jail with a 100-year-to-life sentence. After being incarcerated Mr. Gerber and his wife's desire to have children only grew stronger. Now that William Gerber will never be able to come home again, he wants to FedEx his sperm to his wife for artificial insemination. This is allowed in some prisons but not all. The prison warden at William Gerber's prison will not let him send his semen, so he has filed a lawsuit against the prison. He says that the prison is depriving him of rights under the due process clause of the constitution (Grossman). Everyone has fundamental privacy rights such as sexual activity, marriage, and raising a family. The question is do these rights still stand when a person is sent to jail. But more importantly does the right to procreation, the right to produce offspring, extend to prisoners.

All prisoners have a right to procreation as long as it does not interfere with their sentence.

Should prisoners have this right? If so do both male and female prisoners have this right? Every man and woman has a right to procreate under normal circumstances but it is not specified whether or not prisoners have this right. Some prisons do allow men to send their sperm to their wives for artificial insemination but there is nothing written saying that prisoners have to be allowed to do this. It is very simple for a male prisoner to send his semen from jail. It does not require the prisoner to have any visits with a physician and he does not even have to leave the prison. There are many prisons that are allowing men to send their semen to their wives or significant...