Israel: Supreme Court authorizes surrogacy for same-sex couples


Surrogacy was legalized in Israel in 1996, but only for heterosexual couples and then for single women.

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Supporters of this measure have been calling for its introduction for more than 10 years. Same-sex couples will be allowed to use surrogate mothers in Israel to have children, the local Supreme Court ruled on Sunday (July 11th). Surrogacy restrictions (surrogacy) for same-sex couples must be lifted within six months, the court said.

Surrogacy was legalized in Israel in 1996, but only for heterosexual couples and then for single women. “We cannot accept the persistent harm and contrary to human rights that the existing system on surrogacy constitutes”, wrote President Esther Hayut in her decision.

Possible friction within government

The Jewish state, which prides itself on being the Middle East’s top student in LGBT + rights, has several openly gay men in parliament. However, until now, the country has prohibited surrogacy for same-sex couples. Homosexuals thus resorted to surrogacy in countries such as India, Nepal, Thailand and the United States.

This decision is likely to cause friction within the new government coalition. This indeed includes the Meretz formation – of which President Nitzan Horowitz is openly gay – but also the conservative Islamist Raam, who described homosexuals as “deviant”.



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