9 November 2023

13 November in The Hague against surrogacy

The Private International Law Conference is pushing for transnational recognition of gestation per se contracts with the intention of forcing national legislation to benefit biomarket profits. The Icams coalition against GPA organised a demonstration in defence of women's dignity and against the market in girls and children
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La International Coalition to Abolish Surrogacy (ICASM) organised for 13 November a international event in front of the The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) to oppose the regulation of cross-border 'surrogacy'. 

Indeed, an attempt is being made to impose international regulation on so-called 'surrogacy': as of 13 November, the HCCH will set up a working group with the task of drafting a convention to enable cross-border recognition of contracts. This is to meet the growing demand in the globalised biomarket for artificial human reproduction. 

Le ICASM feminist and women's rights associations, together with the 8,000 signatories of the petitions launched by the ICASM, call on the HCCH Member States to do not sacrifice human dignity for the reproduction biomarket and to have the courage to abolish the buying and selling of children, hypocritically referred to as 'surrogacy'. Violence against children, the women who bring them into the world, and against humanity as a whole.

Thanks to ICASM's long-standing commitment, the announcement of the event created a context through which the General Secretariat proposed a meeting. ICASM co-chairs Marie-Josèphe Devillers and Ana Luana Deram will therefore see the Secretary General and members of the Permanent Bureau today, 9 November. 

ICAMS will reiterate that some claimed rights do not existToday, more than ever, it must be strongly affirmed that there is no right to a child for anyone and that children must not be torn from their mothers; that surrogacy' is just the buying and selling of boys and girls which become the subject of a contract; which the commissioning 'parents' can also reject themif they do not meet their expectations.

We support this important event that will see the participation of women from various countries (I will be present as an Italian representative).

It will be followed by reportage on the event.

Silvia Guerini


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