He Parliament Italian today took the first step to penalize the practice of Surrogate motherhood abroad, by amending a bill proposed by the right-wing coalition that has governed the country since last October.
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The Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved this Wednesday a series of amendments to a bill approved by the government of the far-right Giorgia Meloni in February and what do you want to do with this practice? “a universal crime”.
The Surrogate motherhood is a crime in Italy by a 2004 law punishable by prison terms of up to two years and fines of up to one million euros to “whoever, in any way, carries out, organizes or sponsors the commercialization of gametes or embryos”.
However, the new bill wants to penalize those who resort to this reproductive practice also outside the Italian borders.
The amendment approved today prohibits “Italian citizens” make use of “wombs for hire” also abroad “to hinder any practice that can be configured as a commercial traffic children’s”.
This is the firstYeah” parliamentarian to the bill of Meloniwhich is expected to reach the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies on June 19 to later go to the Senate for final approval, which is taken for granted by the majority of the right.
Opposition parties, such as the Social Democrats Democratic Party (PD) or the populist 5 Star Movementhave voted against, alleging that the project is contrary to the Constitution and does not take children into account, among other justifications.
The Minister for the Family, Birth and Equal Opportunities, Eugenia Roccelladefended today that the government’s position is “clear and absolute condemnation of all forms of surrogate motherhood for being harmful to the dignity of women and the rights of children.”
The secretary of the PD, Elly Schleinhas sparked debate within his party by defending surrogate motherhood, while acknowledging that it is an issue “delicate and dense” that requires a deep debate within the formation.
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