You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Prisoner's sperm donation bid is doomed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/05/2017

There's no way convicted murderer Karl Teangiotau is going to be allowed to donate sperm so he can father a child.

National and Labour have both rejected his bid, made in a petition to parliament earlier this week.

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett was asked her opinion on Newshub's AM Show on Friday.

"Absolutely, categorically, no, no, no - could I be clearer?" she said.

"No babies from men behind bars."

Labour's deputy leader, Jacinda Ardern, says she isn't comfortable about it either.

"I don't feel good about it - no."

Teangiotau was convicted in 2011 of killing Dean Browne with a hammer and was given a minimum non-parole jail sentence of 18 years.

His petition asks parliament to pass a law allowing prisoners to make organ and blood donations, and for long-serving prisoners to be able to donate sperm "so as to father a child".

He might have better luck with blood donations.

"I wouldn't care whose blood was going into me if I was lying on the operating table, as long as they're having the right tests and that sort of thing," Ms Bennett said.

Petitions to parliament go to cross-party select committees for recommendations about what should be done with them.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon