Brussels, 17 December 2015
Today, adopting the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2014 and the European Union’s policy on the matter tabled by MEP Cristian Dan Preda (EPP, Romania), the European Parliament entirely approved paragraph 114, condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”. The European Parliament also “considers that the practice of gestational surrogacy which involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain, in particular in the case of vulnerable women in developing countries, shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments”.
FAFCE warmly welcomes the position of the European Parliament on this crucial issue, which concerns the human dignity of all involved parties, namely undermining the physical and mental integrity of women and children. This position confirms the clear stand of this institution on the matter, already adopted in 2011, with the Resolution on priorities and outline of a new EU policy framework to fight violence against women, acknowledging “the serious problem of surrogacy which constitutes an exploitation of the female body and her reproductive organs”. With this Resolution the European Parliament already emphasised “that these new reproductive arrangements, such as surrogacy, augment the trafficking of women and children and illegal adoption across national borders”.
Now, the European Parliament also considers that the practice of surrogacy shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments. We notice the importance of this Resolution in a moment where some Member States are discussing this matter and theParliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is also debating a report onHuman Rights and ethical issues related to surrogacy“.
We wish to highlight that, also in Political Groups which opposed the paragraph on surrogacy, many MEPs supported it. “We also regret that some problematic issues remained in the text, contradictory with the principles of subsidiarity and human dignity. Nevertheless, we see some votes of today as signs of hope, noting that there are different opinions on these issues within all political Groups” says FAFCE’s President Antoine Renard.
The call to work towards the abolition of the death penalty (par. 87), and the clear stand in favour of the prohibition of surrogate motherhood expressed in the adopted resolution are good news for which we congratulate the European Parliament. We call on the EU Institutions to give a follow-up in order to systematically treat surrogacy as a matter of urgency, fighting human trafficking for reproductive exploitation and supporting Member States in finding an international instrument which could effectively stop this practice.
Together we can stop surrogacy now!
Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General