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Woman jailed for drowning son seeks IVF

Olga Borisov, who was convicted of killing her son, asks court to allow her to undergo fertility treatments so she can have another baby

Naama Cohen-Friedman
Published: 01.01.13, 22:26 / Israel News

Olga Borisov, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence for drowning her 4-year-old son, Alon, in 2008, has petitioned to court seeking IVF treatments.


Borisov, 47, asked the Lod District Court to allow her to undergo in-vitro fertilization, arguing that "The State has no right to stop me from becoming a mother."


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Liran Zilberman, Borisov's attorney, said that the inmate "Has had a tragic life. Words cannot expresses a mother's grief over the loss of her son, let alone with it being by her own hands."


The petition argued that "The offense she was convicted of cannot be linked to her right to become a parent… She is serving her sentence and is trying to rebuild her life."


Borisov does not meet the Israel Prison Service's criteria for neither conjugal visits nor fertility treatments, due to her age, marital status and medical condition.


Her husband divorced her after she was convicted of killing their son.


The IPS said that it will present its response to the petition within the next few weeks.


Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to this report



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