Any Israeli citizen – including single people and gay couples – will be able to have children with the help of a surrogate mother following a legislative change, the DPA reported on Tuesday, quoted by Agerpres and G4Media. Pregnancy with the help of a surrogate mother was allowed in Israel only for heterosexual couples, albeit under strict conditions. Thus, gay men often resorted to surrogate mothers abroad, an expensive and complicated procedure.
“We are making history today,” said Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, who introduced an amendment to the law on Tuesday, which is due to take effect on January 11th.
“This is a historic day for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) struggle in Israel, a long struggle for equality for every person, and a historic day for the whole of Israeli society,” Horowitz said of the new procedure. the dream of many to start a family “, added Horowitz. According to the Ministry of Health, about 100 women a year have so far agreed to serve as surrogate mothers in Israel.