Council of Europe: The final defeat of the De Sutter Report

As we reported in one of our previous posts, the Committee for Social Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected on 22 September the contoversial resolution drafted by Belgian MP Petra De Sutter, which would have opened a way for the legalization of surrogacy. However, one part of Mr? De Sutter’s draft, a recommandation to the Committee of Ministers of the organisation consider the desirability and feasibility of “drawing up European guidelines to safeguard children’s rights in relation to surrogacy arrangements”, survived this defeat, and was thus put to a vote in the PACE’s plenary session today. Readers of our website will be delighted to learn that this remnant has now also been defeated. The outcome of the vote was 83 against 77 votes, with 7 abstentions.

The De Sutter Report, a from the outset ill-drafted and ill-intentioned draft, which cynically took the rights of children hostage in order to promote what in fact is a technologically advanced form of child trafficking, is thus off the table.

However, the story should not end here. While the PACE has failed to adopt a resolution that would, albeit in a very limited form, have created the appearance of legitimacy for the abominable practice of surrogacy, what Europe really needs is a resolution that leads the way in effectively outlawing and preventing it. It is hoped that PACE will soon tackle this task and, in order to ensure the drafting of a good document, appoint a rapporteur who has neither the ideological bias nor the economic self-interest of Mr? De Sutter.