Newsletter – may 2024

Belgium Women against surrogacy Belgium has been very active in countering the Belgian Bioethics Advisory Committee’s opinion no. 86 in favour of opening up to surrogacy. Their petition has collected more than 1,000 signatures, and is still gathering more. The conference they organised in Brussels in collaboration with ICASM and the Université des Femmes was […]

ICASM Newsletter – February 2024

Petition Surrogate motherhood: Rejection of Opinion No. 86 of the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics On April 17, 2023, in response to Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, the Belgian Bioethics Advisory Committee issued opinion no. 86 on surrogacy (GPA). We strongly oppose this opinion, biased in favor of surrogacy legalization, ignoring women’s and children’s rights. Choose women’s […]

ICASM Newsletter – November 2023

Strength in Numbers: Petition Success Against Hague Conference  Appreciation goes out to the 8200 individuals (500 organizations) who signed the petitions opposing the Hague Conference’s initiatives regarding “parentage in the context of surrogacy.” The most recent petition garnered an additional 1,400 signatures on top of the previous ones. Together, these petitions represent a collective effort […]

ICASM Newsletter – October 2023

SIGN THE CALL TO STOP ALL ATTEMPTS TO ORGANIZE SURROGACY Together with more than 60 feminist and human rights organisations, ICASM has launched an urgent petition calling on the Hague Conference to reject proposed regulations that would expand commercial surrogacy globally. As an organization, ICASM sees surrogacy as a violation of human rights and feminist principles. […]

ICASM Newsletter – June 2023

UN. CONTACT WITH THE RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Following the event organised by ICAMS in New York in March 2023 (CSW67), we sent a statement to all UN Rapporteurs and Agencies involved in one way or another with the issue of surrogacy, highlighting the extent to which surrogacy undermines women’s rights. In response, the […]

ICASM – Newsletter – April 2023

NEW DEBATE IN SPAIN ON SURROGACY AND ABORTION  The reform of the Law on Sexual Health and Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy recognizes surrogacy as a form of violence against women and a serious violation of our reproductive rights, reiterating the prohibition of this practice in Spain and also prohibiting any advertising by agencies that profit […]

Petition to condemn the Hague Conference draft protocol and the Verona Principles as they aim at organising cross-border reproductive exploitation

The undersigned, feminist associations and other civil society organisations, as defenders of women’s and children’s human rights, consider that the two initiatives mentioned will facilitate and therefore encourage cross-border surrogacy, based on a misleading interpretation of the best interests of the child, trampling on women’s rights, for the sole benefit of those who have no […]

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