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FAFCE Board Resolution on Surrogacy 

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SURROGACY: A VIOLATION OF HUMAN DIGNITY

 

Motherhood: a precious gift, to respect and protect

The practice of surrogacy is of great concern for all FAFCE Members. This practice is spreading throughout the world, creating a slippery slope towards the right to a child, and having no respect for human dignity or fundamental ethical principles. For this reason, gathered in Fatima for our Spring Board Meeting, we, Presidents and Delegates of the FAFCE Board, strongly condemn any form of surrogacy, which instrumentalises women and children, whether accompanied by a financial transaction or not.

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Press Release in Spanish | Comunicado de prensa | Consejo de Europa: rechazo de resolución sobre la maternidad subrogada. Un paso adelante en la defensa de la dignidad humana

Bruselas, 17 de marzo de 2016
 
El pasado martes 15 de marzo, la Comisión de Asuntos Sociales, Salud y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Asamblea Parlamentaria del Consejo de Europa ha rechazado un proyecto de informe sobre los derechos del hombre y las cuestiones éticas ligadas a la maternidad subrogada. Esta refutación es una buena noticia para la dignidad humana en la medida en la que esta proposición aceptaría la práctica de la maternidad subrogada. Un fallo positivo significaría que esta práctica, una forma de explotación de mujeres y niños, sería considerada aceptable.

Read more: Press Release in Spanish | Comunicado de prensa | Consejo de Europa: rechazo de resolución sobre...

Press Release in Italian | Comunicato stampa | Respinta la Relazione del Consiglio d'Europa sulla maternità surrogata. Un passo avanti per la dignità umana

Bruxelles, 16 marzo 2016

Ieri la Commissione affari sociali dell'Assemblea parlamentare del Consiglio d'Europa ha respinto un progetto di relazione sui diritti umani e le questioni etiche legate alla maternità surrogata. Il rifiuto del rapporto che mirava a regolamentare la pratica della maternità surrogata è una buona notizia in favore della dignità umana. Infatti, una regolamentazione di tale pratica, che sfrutta le donne ed i bambini, implicherebbe che questa venga considerata accettabile.

Read more: Press Release in Italian | Comunicato stampa | Respinta la Relazione del Consiglio d'Europa sulla...

Press Release | Council of Europe Report on Surrogacy rejected – a step ahead for human dignity

Brussels, 15 March 2016

Today the Social Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rejected a draft report on Human Rights and ethical issues related to Surrogacy. The rejection is good news for human dignity as the proposal aimed at regulating the practice of surrogacy. A regulation would imply that this practice, which exploits women and children, is acceptable.

The European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) has a participatory status at the Council of Europe and is a member of the Conference of International Non Governmental Organisations of the Council of Europe. FAFCE has followed the work of the Social Affairs Committee on the surrogacy report from its beginning and have issued several voting recommendations and provided legislative proposals to the Member of the Committee. One of the key points underlined in FAFCE's communication towards the Members was the need to consider this sensitive issue at length. Today's vote proves that further reflection is necessary in order to raise awareness about the negative impact of surrogacy for women and children. It was with a very short margin that the report was rejected with 16 votes against and 15 in favour.

FAFCE's President Antoine Renard states that "surrogate motherhood can never be acceptable, whatever the motives are. It exploits women's bodies, integrity and dignity. It turns children into a commodity. It is in every sense a contemporary form of exploitation that contains many of the features of slavery".

The European Parliament has already condemned surrogacy twice, both during this legislative term and during the precedent term. FAFCE welcomes today's vote and the fact that the majority voted against the draft report, hence expressing support for a total ban on surrogacy. It is very encouraging that the Social Affairs Committe follows the example of the European Parliament, all the more given that the Council of Europe has 47 Member States.

Mobilisation of citizens across Europe, and across the political spectrum against surrogacy prove that this is an issue that is universal. The rejection of the draft report is a step ahead for human dignity but FAFCE will nevertheless remain vigilant and monitor the evolutions within the Council of Europe in the coming months.

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Press Release in Spanish | Comunicado de prensa | Maternidad subrogada: ¿tomará el Consejo de Europa una postura a favor de la dignidad humana y el Estado de derecho?

Bruselas, 7 de Marzo de 2016

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El 15 de Marzo, la Comisión de Asuntos Sociales, Salud y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Asamblea Parlamentaria del Consejo de Europa (APCE) va a analizar un borrador de un informe y probablemente votará sobre la adopción de unos borradores de una resolución y una recomendación sobre los Derechos humanos y problemas éticos relacionados con la subrogación. La Federación de Asociaciones Familiares Católicas de Europa (FAFCE) está muy preocupada por el riesgo de legitimación de la práctica de la maternidad subrogada, la cual es una explotación de mujeres y niños.

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