The Health Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has rejected a controversial resolution on surrogacy for the second time.
On the 21st of September, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected a controversial resolution on surrogacy presented by the Belgian Senator Dr. Petra De Sutter, for the second time. However, strange enough the Committee approved to propose the draft recommendation "European guidelines to safeguard children’s rights in relation to surrogacy arrangements" from the rejected resolution to the Committee of Ministers. Moreover, the website of the Council of Europe does not mention at all that the resolution has been rejected, thus giving a distorted image of the decisions of the Committee.
ECPM’s MPs were against this resolution from the beginning, especially after the revelations about the rapporteur’s conflict of interest. ECPM member and Member of the Moldovan Parliament Valeriu Ghiletchi: "I was glad to see MPs from different European countries, including from various parties, united in this battle to defend moral values and human dignity. It is unacceptable to exploit women renting their reproductive organs as they bear children in order. It is even worse to turn children into merchandise and send them immediately after birth to those who paid for the service contract surrogate. Children need a real mother, not a surrogate mother. Today's victory is a strong ray of light in a world increasingly comprised of darkness!”
The draft recommendation that was adopted will have to be approved by the same Committee and the whole Assembly, during the next PACE plenary session in Strasbourg (10-14 October). The ECPM will continue to press for the abolition of surrogacy as stated in our resolution at the General Assembly in 2015.