Just four months after the defeat of the infamous “De Sutter Report” in the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), and just two weeks after the ECtHR judgment in the case of Paradiso and Campanelli v. Italy, which confirmed that the fight against surrogacy and child trafficking are important policy objectives that justify even severe measures, a group of left-green-communist politicians are launching a new attempt to push for the legalization of surrogacy (and hence, child-trafficking). This time it takes the form of a non-legally-binding “initiative report” to be drafted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), most possibly under the aegis of a socialist rapporteur. The EP’s Conference of Presidents will decide next week whether JURI will indeed be charge with drafting a report entitled “Cross border aspects regarding the legal status of children resulting from surrogacy procedures”. Continue reading
While yesterday’s ECtHR decision on the case of Paradiso and Campanelli v. Italy certainly is a positive development in that it corrects one (alas, only one of many!) of the Court’s most grotesque misjudgments of recent memory, it still is a weak decision: one gets the impression that the Court is simply trying to silently creep away from its grave responsibility for having accepted, or even promoted, the truly abominable practice of surrogacy, through which not only human gametes, but even full-grown human beings are turned into tradeable commodities. The Grand Chamber thus frames the matter in a way as if the all-decisive question were it were the “margin of discretion” that Italy and other countries enjoy in prohibiting surrogacy and enforcing such exhibition: and – surprise, surprise! – it has discovered that that margin is greater than the judges of the Second Chamber had believed it was.
Will this really suffice to restore the Court’s credibility, which among those who have a serious-minded outlook on human rights is below zero?
Even worse, there is still a number of judges in this wretched Court (six of them within the Grand Chamber that decided the case, and an unknown number outside it, who, if they had been part of that body, might have supported the views expressed in the dissenting opinion submitted by those six) who still think they can continue in the old way, i.e. pretending not to deal with the issue of surrogacy as such, but de facto supporting and promoting it.
But there also is a silver lining: four of the 11 judges who voted against finding a violation – De Gaetano, Pinto de Albuquerque, Wojtyczek and Dedov – have written a concurring opinion that is truly brilliant. Continue reading
The radical sexual left in Europe are very clever in pushing their controversial agenda. And when, every now and then, they are defeated, they are skilful in hiding their defeat from the eyes of the public.
This afternoon the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued a press release announcing the adoption by the Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs of a Recommendation on surrogacy, drafted by the controversial Belgian politician Petra De Sutter. But what the secretariat discreetly omitted was that a far more ambitious draft Resolution by the very same Mr? De Sutter, which pretended to recommend the partial legalization of surrogacy, had been rejected by the same Committee. Continue reading
The baby-selling industry, which caters for the needs of wealthy homo-couples wishing to play “parents”, is returning to Brussels for the second year in a row to hold a commercial fair entitled “Men having babies”. The event will take place in September at the Hilton Hotel in the city centre, which offers special rates for participants. The website of the organisers claims that this years’ edition will be bigger “given the high demand we had last year”, and from further reading on their website it is clear that to them having a “family”is very much a matter of offer and demand, i.e. that the “right to a child” is held by everyone who is wealthy enough to pay for it. The child is turned into a tradeable good, and human relationships are superseded by a radically commercial logic. Continue reading
On 21 June, Dr. Petra De Sutter, a Belgian transgender senator and gynaecologist specialising in surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), will try again to get the Committee on Social Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to support the legalization of surrogacy, despite the rejection of his/her previous report in March and his/her clear conflict of interest.
The move flouts the values of the Council of Europe, both through the content of the motion and the pocedure through which it is promoted. Continue reading
Nicola “Nicky” Vendola, an Italian leftwing (formerly Communist) politician and LGBT activist who was President of Apulia from 2005 to 2015, is aspiring to “found a family”. Together with his same-sex “life partner” Eddy Testa, a man 20 years his junior, he has decided to use the services of a Canadian surrogate mother. Continue reading
In Graz (Austria) a woman aged 25 has discovered that she is not who she thought she was. Upon participating in a blood donation program it turned out that she cannot be a descendant of the woman she believed to be her mother. It is now surmised that due to organizational mismanagement in the clinic where she was born she was by accident given to the wrong parents immediately after her birth. The public authorities have now called upon all women who were born during the same week in the same hospital to undergo tests in order to find out the other woman who grew up with the wrong parents.
Tragic as this may be, it was at least not intentional that two women grew up with false identities. However, the outrage over this case makes us wonder why the exactly same situation, i.e. having to grow up with a false identity, should be perfectly acceptable in cases of surrogacy, sperm and egg cell donation, etc., in which reproductive doctors and their clients usually have no qualms at all about bereaving children of their true parents and their true identities.
Only because the adults decide it that way?