Surrogacy – carrying and giving birth to a child for someone
else – is not just any assisted reproductive technology.
The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
has examined surrogacy from the angle of children’s rights. It thus
considers that the Parliamentary Assembly should recommend that
the Committee of Ministers:
the desirability and feasibility of drawing up European guidelines
to safeguard children’s rights in relation to surrogacy arrangements;
collaborate with the Hague Conference on Private International
Law (HCCH) on private international law issues surrounding the status
of children, including problems arising in relation to legal parentage resulting
from international surrogacy agreements, with a view to ensuring
that the views of the Council of Europe (including those of the
Parliamentary Assembly and the European Court of Human Rights) are heard
and taken into account in any multilateral instrument that may result
from the work of the HCCH.