Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Prisoner's legal bid for IVF treatment

A Supreme Court judge has ordered a speedy trial for a Victorian prisoner seeking IVF treatment.

Kimberley Castles, 45, has a year left on her sentence for welfare fraud at the Tarrengower Prison near Maldon, north-west of Melbourne.

She has to have IVF treatment before her 46th birthday in seven months, otherwise she becomes ineligible for the procedure.

Her bid to access immediate treatment was refused in court today.

But her lawyer, Rachel Ball, says she is pleased the court has decided to expedite the trial.

"The key human rights in this case are Kimberley's right to privacy, to make her own decisions about her own family, her right to be treated fairly in prison," she said.

"That includes her right to access health care equivalent to the health care that's available to everyone else in the community."

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