The Council of Europe has voted to withhold legal recognition of contracts for surrogate parents.
In the October 11 vote, the Council rejected a plan for “tightly
regulated” surrogate agreements. Surrogacy is currently illegal in many
European countries, including Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and
The practice is allowed in Russia and India, and in the US it
is legal in some states, illegal in others.
Livia Turco of Italy’s Democratic Party welcomed the vote, saying
that surrogacy is an “abominable” practice.
She said: “It is a practice
that damages the woman’s dignity and reduces the mother-child
relationship, which is built during pregnancy, to a mere biological
She suggested that the decision by the Council of Europe should
pave the way for international recognition of surrogacy as a crime.