The majority accelerates on the bill first signed by Carolina Varchi. The vote of the 20 amendments proposed in the Justice Committee in the Chamber will begin on Wednesday 24 May: 19 are from oppositions, one from Forza Italia which proposes to increase the penalties envisaged for the use of surrogacy abroad by providing for prison from one to three years
The majority accelerates on surrogacy as a universal crime: the bill with the first signing by Carolina Varchi should arrive in the Chamber in June: “We are working for this”, says the deputy of Fratelli d’Italia who is also the rapporteur of the text. The reaction of the oppositions lasts, with the Democratic Party underlining that in Italy gestation for others is already prohibited and affirms that the goal is to hit the recognition of children of same-parent couples.
Wednesday the vote on the amendments
On Wednesday 24 May the vote of the 20 amendments proposed in the Justice Committee in the Chamber will begin, all advanced by the opposition and for the most part suppressive, but also aimed at implementing the proposal of the centre-left mayors who have been asking for the possibility of registering their children for some time of same-parent couples. There is only one amendment by the majority, precisely by Forza Italia, which proposes to increase the penalties envisaged for recourse to surrogacy abroad by providing for prison from one to three years.
Magi: “Universal crime is legal blasphemy”
“We will use all the time and possible ways to stop this opprobrium”, attacks Riccardo Magi, secretary of Più Europa, responding to those who ask him if the oppositions are considering obstructionism on the universal crime of surrogacy under discussion in the commission. “More than obstructionism – he says – it is in any case a matter of bringing out how much the idea of establishing a universal crime for the Gpa is blasphemy from a point of view of law, not only without legal foundation but the expression of an ideological approach which in last resort would affect girls and boys.We have various amendments, among other things, also those which establish the obligation to transcribe in full the birth certificates of children born abroad”.
The fight over abortion
However, tension is also high on the issue of abortion, after Pro Life filed a popular initiative bill with the Supreme Court “to amend an article of 194 and ensure that the pre-abortion ultrasound doctor is obliged to show the ‘ultrasound to the woman and to feel the heartbeat”. “A ferocious barbarism, they will not pass,” says Valeria Valente of the Democratic Party. “A similar obligation – they say from +Europe – is in force in the Hungary of Orban, an ideological and political associate of our government”. “It is – attacks Avs with Elisabetta Piccolotti who at the beginning of the legislature had denounced a similar practice in Umbria – the umpteenth violent proposal, such as that of the recognition of the legal personality of the embryo, against women who do not wish to carry the pregnancy to term. Women’s freedom of self-determination is clearly a target of the conservative front, in Italy and internationally”.