Pro-lifers and feminists win, reproductive industry and homo-lobby lose: European Parliament condemns surrogacy

The European Parliament today adopted its 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). Paragraph 114 of this report breaks new ground, 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.

While a rather unusual coalition of pro-lifers (concerned over human dignity and the rights of the child) and feminists (concerned with women’s rights) supported the motion, this come as a heavy blow for the commercial “reproductive medicine” industry that is always willing to procure whatever wealthy “patients” are willing to pay for, as well as for the homo-lobby. For homosexuals willing to play “family”, surrogacy is one of the main avenues to procure children.

It is now a matter of urgency for the EU to implement the proposals made in the report, e.g. by working towards a Europe-wide prohibition of surrogacy, including surrogacy tourism to third countries. This may also help in mitigating the effects of the ECtHR’s disastrous misjudgments in this particular area.