Italian Catholic publications denounce surrogacy
March 01, 2016
Italian Catholic publications have decried a prominent politician's use of a surrogate mother to bear a child for him and his homosexual partner.
Nichi Vendola, the leader of the Left Ecology and Freedom Party and a former governor of Puglia, announced that he and his partner were parents, thanks to a surrogate abroad.
Avvenire, the daily newspaper published by the Italian bishops' conference denounced the use of surrogacy. "The sad human market is growign and it has entries on the left and right," the paper editorialized. The weekly Famiglia Cristiana lashed out at Vendola: "The defender of the poor and the oppressed went abroad like a gentleman of means, orphaned a baby of its mother and eluded the constitution," the weekly said.
The question of adoption by same-sex parents has been squarely in focus in the Italian political debate over approval of civil unions.