Proposal for Autumn Congress

Proposal 201

LYMEC Autumn Congress, November 8 to 9., 2019 in London

Author: Venstres Ungdom (VU), Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya (JNC), Centerpartiets Ungdomsförbund (CUF), Liberala ungdomsförbundet (LUF) and Jongeren Organisatie Vrijheid en Democratie (JOVD).


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The Autumn Congress may decide:

1Protecting the freedom of surrogate mothers and families

2Today the freedom of surrogate mothers and families are under pressure in many european

3countries. It creates insecurities and lowered quality of life for the surrogates and the intended
4families. As a liberal organisation preserving and ensuring freedom amongst all people, we
5cannot ignore this lack of freedom and the arbitrary legal status of all implicated parties of
6surrogacy. It is unacceptable to neglect the inherent human need of giving life through one’s
7own DNA, and in that matter also to ignore the lawlessness of the surrogate mothers. We need to
8secure the freedom for all family-kinds to found a family, and in addition to ensure the security of
9the surrogate mother.


10Considering that:

  • 11Surrogate motherhood and altruistic1 surrogate motherhood are highly complex ethical
    12dilemmas with no easy solutions.
  • 13Today, the legal status of surrogate maternity is chaotic.
  • 14By creating a clear legal framework in the EU, we can stop the exploitation of poor
    15women in e.g. Russia and India which exist today. 
  • 16It’s not a human right to have a child, but for some e.g., infertile individuals or
    17homosexuals it’s not physically possible. By legalising surrogacy and accepting that a
    18child can have two fathers or two mothers, we can increase equality for rainbow families.  
  • 19In several member states, same-sex couples can’t be recognised as equal parents, if the
    20couple use a surrogate mother from e.g. the US. 

211 The selfless act of helping a sister, friend, relative etc. by bearing their child free of charge.


22Believing that:

  • 23As liberals, we are fighting to uphold liberties for all individuals.
  • 24Women's right to bear a child should not be governed by government but only by
    25themselves. 
  • 26Families and surrogate mothers deserve a clear legal position.


27Calls for:

281. LYMEC to call on the Commission to provide legal protection at EU level for individuals who

29are already or will be born to a surrogate mother in the future. 

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312. LYMEC to call on the Commission to verify that existing legislation on surrogate motherhood -

32in those Member States where this is not allowed - does not contravene the EU Charter of
33Fundamental Rights article 7.

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353. Lymec to support a movement towards non-criminalisation of surrogate motherhood

36agreements and for such agreements to have legally binding effects to safeguard the rights of the
37parties involved, including in terms of costs, salary and visitor rights among others. This practice
38should be coupled with the necessary guarantees in terms of health coverage of the pregnant
39person and the juridical and economic security of both parts, so that the economic remuneration
40is not the only economic sustainment for the pregnant mother.

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424. Finally, LYMEC urges not to criminalise families in good faith for the desire to have a child.


Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019.