Gay Surrogacy Couples

Welcome news for Gay Surrogacy advocates

Gay couples as well as single men and women in Israel are likely to have legal access to surrogacy services now that proposed legislation has been approved by the Israeli cabinet, despite opposition from conservatives. The proposed legislation would grant the same benefits afforded to heterosexual couples in Israel, and further extend surrogacy rights, allowing married women to serve as surrogate mothers.

The legislation is set to be presented for a Knesset vote at a later date, and will likely pass into law.

The Israeli Health Minister Yael German said the decision paved the way for “longed-for equality in Israeli society.”

“We promised and we came through,” she said. “This is a day of good tidings. The bill strikes a balance between the desire and the right of everyone to be a parent, and between the preservation of surrogacy and its rights.”

“This is an important step toward changing the face of Israeli society, and raising awareness,” Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah said. “The surrogacy law is a significant process toward equality and openness, and from the moment it was presented by the health minister, we promised we would fight without compromising until it passes in the cabinet and Knesset. We kept this promise, despite a political struggle that wasn’t simple, and we will continue to keep it until it becomes part of Israeli law.”

Israeli restrictions have prompted many same-sex couples to pursue surrogacy in India, until that country made it illegal to be a surrogate for same-sex couples. Thailand was another favored location, but in January a government statement instructed Israeli homosexual couples to avoid surrogacy procedures in Thailand, and warned that as of November 30, 2014, the Israeli government would no longer provide assistance to parents of babies born there.

Read more about the new legislation in Israel.