Womb for rent fair in Milan: open letter to Mayor Sala

Scheduled for 21-22 May, the event will re-launch the GPA business after a slowdown due to the pandemic. But in Italy, advertising the buying and selling of children is a crime. We therefore call on the Mayor, the Council and the City Council to alert the police and to take any initiative against this blatant violation of the law.
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To the Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala

To the Council

To the City Council

We learn that the 21-22 May in Milan at the Spazio Antologico-East End Studios in via Mecenate 84 A Dream Called Babyuterus for rent fair organised by the promoters of the 'salon', which has already stopped off in Paris, Cologne, Munich and Berlin, and is now coming to Italy for the first time (see here e here).

The intention is relaunching a business, the buying and selling of childrena 'sector' which, like many others, has suffered setbacks and losses due to the pandemic.

Asked about the initiative, at the time Mayor Beppe Sala had guaranteed that no public space would be granted for the event, and that the administration also failed to 'grant any authorisation, sponsorship or other support to the initiative'.

Fiera dell'utero in affitto a Milano: lettera aperta al Sindaco Sala

The space, although private, is nevertheless an offence under Law 40/2004, which not only prohibits and penalises gestation for others carried out in Italy, but also punishes simple propagandawhere it states that "Any person who, in any form whatsoever, carries out, organises or advertises the commercialisation of gametes or embryos or surrogacy shall be punished by the following penalties imprisonment from three months to two years and a fine ranging from EUR 600,000 to EUR 1 million"(Art. 12(6)).

We would therefore like to know whether the Mayor, the Council and the City Council, having been informed well in advance of the offence-crime event scheduled to take place at the East End Studios, would not consider it necessary to take steps to pre-alerting the forces of law and order as well as undertaking any other initiative aimed at preventing the announced violation of Italian law, which is achieved by advertising a practice that in addition to trading in human beings "intolerably offends the dignity of women and deeply undermines relationships'. (Constitutional Court, judgment 272/2017)



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Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights (WDI)

WoLF- Women's Liberation Front (USA)

Women Speak Tasmania


Caterina Arcidiacono, Luisa Muraro, Antonella Bozzaotra, Gabriella Ferrari Bravo, Elvira Reale, Ester Ricciardelli, Stefania Cantatore, Monica Ricci Sargentini, Pia Marcolivio, Maria Laura Antonellini, Bianca Romano, Marina Terragni, Alessandra Bocchetti, Vittoria Tola, Angela Giuffrida, Luciana Percovich, Valeria Damiani, Daniela Dioguardi, Nadia Riva, Daniela Tuscano, Paola Vitacolonna, Assuntina Morresi


Sylviane Agacinski, France

Jennifer Lahl (Stop Surrogacy Now) USA

Rachel Moran, founder of SPACE International -Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment and author of 'Rape for Pay' (Ireland)

Meghan Murphy, writer and journalist, founder of Feminist Currentprobably the most important gender critical feminist website (CANADA).

Marie Josèphe Devillers - co-chair of CQFD lesbiennes féministes, France

Marie-Jo Bonnet, historian, feminist and writer, one of the founders of the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (MLF) and Ciams, Coalition Internationale pour l'Abolition de la Maternité de Substitution (Ciams).GPA), France

Mary Hickman (USA)

Laura Rivas Martínez (Spain)

Celia González Cortés (Spain)

Witchy XX (UK)

We The Female (Quebec)

Anna Masciovecchio (USA)

Megan Giacomelli (QUEBEC)

Yvonne Manly (USA)

Nicole Kailee Rose (USA)

Amalia Diaconeasa (USA)

C.T. Lark (USA)

Ira Ren (USA)

Belle Black (USA)

Ava McClatchey (USA)

Madison Match (USA)

Eva Bouw (USA)

Yolanda Garcìa Ares (Spain)

Johanna Pinkiewitz (Tasmania)

Paola Tavella, Eliana Bouchard, Sandra Bonfiglioli, Eloisa Dacquino, Mariella Pandolfi, Laura Valente, Clara Pappalardo, Paola Bassino Martinetto, Wilma Plevano, Consuelo Barillari, Rossana Casalegno, Maria Elena Muffato, Gianna Curti Clech, Daniela Caporale, Ada Ferri, Dina Speranza, Silvana Campese, Isabella Mele, Ebe Navarini, Pina Scognamiglio, Rosaria Guarino, Samantha Schloss, Paola Pagnini, Ida Orlando, Cinzia Aruta, Fabiola Cerciello, Rosa Di Matteo, Samantha Schloss, Agnese Fiducia, Angela Di Luciano, Alessia Siniscalchi, Annamaria Raimondi, Maria Fusco, Vittoria Camboni, Giuliana Buffo, Giuliana Michelagnoli, Monica Asirelli, Giovanna Franchetti, Jeannette Migliorin, Claudia Castangia, Annamaria Visconti, Teresa Di Gennaro, Lina Noviello, Maria Saetta, Daniela Tuscano, Milva Branchetti, Donatella Martini, Francesca Cirelli, Mariangela Cascone, Caterina Gatti, Izå Diana Ihnatiuc, Iaia de Marco, Mafalda Micillo, Tina Licciardiello, Enza Turco, Tina Quarto, Annalisa Cerchia, Daniela Loiacono, Antonella Cammardella, Eugenia Di Virgilio, Veronica Tamborini, Claudia Martelli, Vanessa Scifo, Anna Basevi, Patrizia Cordone, Rita Paltrinieri, Irene Starace, Sara Morace, Carla Longobardo, Martina Caselli, Enza Bellantuono, Miriam Capobianco, Francesca Traina, Betty Argenziano, Nadia Di Carlo, Sonia Wieland, Marcella Quaranta, Raffaella Molena Tassetto, Lia Aurioso, Arianna Di Vitto, Antonia Romano, Pasqua Teora, Maria Luigia Gandolfi, Marilena Zirotti, Stella Zaltieri, Giacomo Vitali, Dina Speranza, Anna Nestucci, Stefania Maggio, Rossella Marchesini, Patrizia Dionigi, Lorenza Accorsi, Laura De Barbieri, Cristina Favati, Maria Teresa Bisso, Isabella Mele, Luciana Tavernini, Paola Pieri, Laura Minguzzi, Clelia Pallotta, Emanuela Natoli, Alessandra Gheri, Weruska Mannelli, Manuela Bruschini, Franca Fortunato, Tiziana Adele Nasali 

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