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EU Parliament: Report on human rights to be adopted in plenary. Amendment condemning the practice of surrogacy

L'eurodeputato slovacco Miroslav Mikolasik

(Brussels) The European Parliament “reiterates its condemnation of the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”. Slovak MEP Miroslav Mikolasik would like this amendment condemning the practice of surrogacy to be included in the Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world (signed by MEP Petras Austrevicius), which the European Parliament will approve at its plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, 12 December. As is often the case, the Report contains interesting and commendable paragraphs related to the protection of human rights and human dignity, which touch on a range of sensitive subjects, including freedom of expression and religion, the protection of minorities, democratic guarantees, and the situation of women and children. However, there is no lack of passages related to abortion and euthanasia in these annual reports. Mr Mikolasik (EPP) secured enough signatures – 76 from MEPs of different parties – to submit the amendment (which refers to paragraph 115 of the Report on human rights by Mr Preda, adopted in December 2015), which however risks being voted down by Parliament. The amendment also reads: “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, must be prohibited and treated as a matter requiring urgent attention” in the area of the protection of human rights.

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