European Parliament hosts Conference on Surrogacy

Surrogacy has become a booming industry across the world. This is true both in developed and less developed countries. It represents a serious violation of the human dignity and basic fundamental rights of the woman and of the child. It involves trafficking in human beings for reproductive purposes. No common rules have been so far adopted at the EU level, although there are common ethical and legal grounds among Member States for tackling this phenomenon. The Working Group on Ethics in Research and Healthcare of COMECE has prepared an Opinion assessing the ethics of the Surrogate Motherhood and discussing its tangled legal repercussions and advocating international or European rules to address it.

To discuss these matters, the EPP’s WG on Bioethics and Human Dignity and COMECE co-organize a conference on

SURROGACY and HUMAN DIGNITY

on Monday, 23 February 2015 (16:30-18:00)

at EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN BRUSSELS ROOM JAN6Q1

(Access through Altiero Spinelli Building Entrance Rue Wiertz)

Programme:

16:30  Introduction to the SeminarMiroslav Mikolasik, MEP,

chairman of the EPP Working Group on Bioethics and Human Dignity

Fr Patrick Daly, Secretary General of COMECE

16:45 Gestational Surrogacy: question of European and international regulation- Presentation of  COMECE’s Opinion on Surrogacy

by Fr. Patrick Verspieren 
SJ, Centre Sèvres

17:00 Surrogacy: a global trade in women’s bodiesLaetitia Pouliquen, Europe for Family
17:15 Surrogacy and Trafficking: some reflectionsJosé Ramos-Ascensão, legal advisor of COMECE
17:30 Questions and answers / debate
18:50 Closing remarksMiroslav Mikolasik, MEP,

chairman of the EPP Working Group on Bioethics and Human Dignity

Fr Patrick Daly, Secretary General of COMECE

Interpretation: French & English

Places are limited & Registration is mandatory!

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