A criminal wants to put a body part inside you. Or his fluids

It’s fair to say I was lost for words this week when convicted killer Karl Nuku’s petition to Parliament hit the headlines. Nuku, who is serving life with a minimum non-parole period of 18 years, wants to father a child through artificial insemination.

To be fair, he also wants prisoners to have the right to donate their organs and to be able to give blood — all very noble, I’m sure, but you’d have to work hard to find a prisoner who was eligible to be a donor of anything.

A high percentage of our jail inmates are intravenous drug users and although it’s tempting to encourage people to sign up immediately as heart and lung donors, it’s unlikely the organ donation service would be lining up outside the prison, scalpels at the ready.

The NZ Blood Service says they stopped collecting blood from prisoners more than 20 years ago because of the high risk of communicable diseases. So no, the prison population is not the answer to filling our organ and blood banks.

But let’s get back to the real reason Nuku is petitioning Parliament — the desire to have a little Nuku all of his own, running around on the outside, while he cools his heels on the inside.

It’s unclear whether Nuku has a specific woman in mind to carry his child or whether he just wants to make a deposit into the sperm bank.

There’s a turn around for the books — a criminal wanting to deposit into a bank.

But it’s the breathtaking sense of entitlement that’s the real kicker. When Nuku and his mates bashed their victim to death and dumped his body, they forfeited a whole lot of rights and privileges.

Sure, he has the right to a safe environment and to basic food and shelter, but having a child is not a right. No matter what he or his supporters say. And yes, incredibly, he does have supporters.

It’s interesting to see Trevor Mallard is behind this and saying he’ll push it in front of parliament.  Is that the last act of an embittered Labour MP that knows he’ll never make it back off the list?

When he tried to sabotage his party by trying to bring back Moa from DNA, people treated it as a joke.  Perhaps this time, we can treat it with contempt.

Prisoners should not be a source of body parts or bodily fluids.

Imagine the civil rights wombles going mad about prisoners being used to farm body parts for healthy people!

Nice try Mallard, but this one is even too absurd for the Labour party.


– Kerry McIvor, NZ Herald

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