Italian associations call to legalize surrogacy based on the ‘international coalition for surrogacy ethics’ that emerged from MHB’s Brussels conference

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On September 27th, 2016, following their participation in MHB’s Second Annual Conference on Parenting Options for European Gay Men, four Italian associations announced their support for the “international coalition for surrogacy ethics” that was formed at the Brussels conference. The four include Famiglie Arcobaleno (Italy’s LGBT parenting association), Associazione Luca Coscioni, Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti, and UAAR. They joined several other organizations from the USA, Europe and Israel that already endorsed MHB’s set of 12 parameters for the ethical use of surrogacy that were developed in collaboration with an advisory committee comprised of surrogate mothers.*
Marilena Grassadonia, president of Famiglie Arcobaleno explained that her organization joined the initiative because “our ethical charter calls for surrogacy arrangements that are respectful of everyone involved. We always strive to make known that surrogacy can be a path of love, as many stories of our families demonstrate. The international coalition for surrogacy ethics is the best answer to those who condemn surrogacy out of ignorance. Self-determination of the woman remains paramount for us, and we reiterate that lack of regulation or prohibition of surrogacy can only fuel the phenomena of exploitation, not prevent it."

“It is important to move towards the legalization of surrogacy in Italy as well as transnationally,” said Yuri Guaiana, general secretary of Certi Diritti. “Laws that follow stringent ethical principles and will eliminate the need for reproductive tourism are urgently needed to ensure that human rights and self-determination of all parties involved are respected."

The four Italian organizations have since moved to work on a draft for specific legislation that will be based on the parameters championed by the international coalition.

The public discourse generated by these announcements included several articles, interviews and blog posts on the subject. Here are a few examples:

* Note: Luca Coscioni does not endorse the points 8, 9 and 10, while UAAR does not subscribe to the point 10