Council of Europe’s Social Affairs and Health Committee voted against the draft report on surrogacy 16 vote against and 15 votes in favour. The meeting of the Committee took place in Paris.
The rapporteur was the Belgian senator Petra De Sutter who is accused to face a conflict of interest because she has already openly confirmed her involvement in surrogacy practices in in the University Hospital Ghent where she works. Ms. De Sutter also collaborates with a Clinic of India “Seeds of Innocence”which openly uses surrogacy.
107 957 European citizens had signed an appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for banning the practice of surrogacy. This petition was filed to the Presidency of the Council of Europe this Thursday, March 10, 2016.
Also the European Parliament already approved a resolution condemning all form of surrogacy on December, 17th.
A rally took place this morning in Paris involving different feminist, Christians, and anti-surrogacy associations. See the pictures below: