The Swedish Women’s Lobby strongly opposes surrogacy motherhood. Our position is that surrogacy is a trade with women’s bodies and children, as well as a threat to women’s basic human rights and bodily integrity.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby has, together with several other organizations, launched a campaign against surrogacy. “Feminist no to surrogacy” is a politically and religiously independent campaign that takes a strong standpoint against surrogacy on feminist grounds. The campaign supports the resolution adopted by the European Parliament in April 2011, stating that surrogacy is an exploitation of the woman’s body and her reproductive organs.
Using a woman to give birth on the behalf of someone else, known as surrogacy, is not legal in Sweden. On the 24th of February the government’s investigation presented their raport “Different ways to parenthood”, where surrogacy was one of the one methods they considered (SOU 2016:11, see the English abstract on page 47).The conclusion they came up with was that surrogacy should not be legalized in any form in Sweden, a deduction the women’s movement supports.
- This is a great vicotry for everyone working with women’s and children’s rights. Vi assume that the government will listen to the investigation’s conclusions and proceed to explore an explicit prohibition of surrogacy motherhood in Sweden, says Clara Berglund, General Secretary, Swedish Women’s Lobby.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby is against legalization of all kinds of surrogacy motherhood in Sweden. Our stance is that there in effect is no difference betwee altrusitic and commercial surrogacy motherhood – both cases constitute a commerce of people.
Read our policy paper on surrogacy motherhood here.
At the European Women’s Lobby’s General Assembly in 2013, the member organisations agreed to work against all forms of surrogacy motherhood.