Excerpt from the thejakartapost.com
“Israel’s supreme court on Thursday authorized surrogacy for same-sex couples and single men wishing to have children.
Only heterosexual married couples were able to access surrogacy in Israel until 2018, when a law was passed permitting it for single women or those unable to bear children — but not for same-sex couples or single men.
“We have won! It’s an emotional day when Israel has finally taken a step towards the advanced countries in the world on rights for LGBT people,” Julien Bahloul, spokesperson for the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, said in a statement.”
Excerpt from haaretz.com.
“Currently, heterosexual couples and single women are eligible for surrogacy services in Israel when the mother has medical issues preventing her from getting pregnant or carrying the pregnancy to term.
Israelis who want to start the surrogacy process in Israel must obtain approval from a Health Ministry committee.
Israelis who are not eligible for surrogacy in Israel or who want to expedite what is often a lengthy process due to the small number of women who are willing to act as a surrogate, often go abroad.”
This is great news!
For these clients, being able to access Surrogacy locally is everything! Being able to attend medical appointments, and be a present support to the Surrogate is what we know Intended parents want.
For Surrogates, knowing that Intended Parents can be involved in the pregnancy, won’t risk missing the birth, and everything in between creates such an opportunity for a connected journey.
I am so excited to see Agencies in Israel begin to serve these amazing men, as they become Dads, supporting them in a truly meaningful way.
-Leia Swanberg, CEO and Founder of Canadian Fertility Consulting