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Proposition for the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy has been rejected by the European council

Proposition for the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy has been rejected by the European council

On 10th March, the non-governmental association “No Maternity Traffic” presented an official petition, signed by 107,957 European citizens, to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, asking them to reject the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy.

On 15th March, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Social Affairs met to vote on this proposed legislation; the petition was denied by 16 votes against and 15 in favour.

surrogacy infinges human rightsThis is a transcript of the document presented before the European Council Assembly:

  • Surrogacy is an exploitation of women; Children are not goods to be bought, conceived and abandoned by their mother. It breaks their parentage. It is a form of human trafficking.
  • Surrogacy violates European and International law, in particular the convention on the rights of the child (1989), on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (1979), on the adoption of children (1967 and 1993), on human trafficking (2005), and on human rights and biomedicine (1997).

This is why we demand that:

  1. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in accordance with Article 65 of its Rules of Procedure, clearly condemn all practice of surrogacy itself, as contrary to the rights and dignity of people;
  2. The Governments initiate the drafting of a text expressly prohibiting any form of surrogacy in Europe;
  3. The European Court of Human Rights be the guarantor of women and children’s rights and condemn the practice of surrogacy as contrary to human rights.

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