Warning: the vote of the Council of Europe
on Surrogacy is approaching!
If you are against the trafficking of children and the exploitation of women: Sign and get others to sign the No Maternity Traffic international petition
Despite the obvious conflict of interests that the Rapporteur of the draft report and resolution on surrogacy has, the Committee on Social Affairs of the Council of Europe has not discharged Petra De Sutter from her duties. An examination and a vote on these texts will therefore take place on 15th March in the Committee, and then during the week of the 18th of April in the Plenary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
This draft report and resolution – which is ambiguous and insidious – is in favour of surrogacy. It constitutes a very dangerous step towards recognising surrogacy on a European level.
On 23 November 2015, Members of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Council of Europe discovered that Petra De Sutter, draft Rapporteur on surrogacy, had a conflict of interests as she is the head of the reproductive medicine department at Gent hospital, where surrogacy is practiced. Unfortunately, the members of the Committee have refrained from tacking a position on this conflict of interests. This breach of the rules therefore undermines the credibility of the report, the examination of which is still ongoing.
On 15 March, the Committee on Social Affairs of the Assembly will meet in Paris to examine and vote on the texts. It will then be put to a vote to all the delegates during the week of the 18 April.
We are at a crucial time but we can still act: please sign the No Maternity Traffic petition now, and get your family, your friends and your neighbours to do so also! If every one of you gets only two other people, that would triple the number of signatures! You have until the 14th of March, the day before the petition is submitted to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Sign and share the No Maternity Traffic petition
Come demonstrate your opposition to the trafficking of children and the exploitation of women in front of the meeting place of the Committee:
Tuesday 15 March from 8:30am to 9:30am
in front of the Council of Europe Office,
55 Avenue Kléber, 16th Arrondissement of Paris (Metro station: Boissière).
Children and women need your signature and your presence on March 15 !