Israel approves Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples few Days after Christmas Celebrations

The Israeli government has confirmed it’s willingness to uphold a Supreme Court ruling that mandated compulsory lifting of restrictions barring same-sex couples as well as single men from becoming parents through surrogacy in Israel.

According to Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, the decision marks a big turning point in the Middle Eastern Asian country’s policy on surrogacy. He said –  “It is a historic day for the LGBTQ struggle in Israel”.

During the press release, the Minister announced that his Ministry has subsequently issued a circular which stipulates the granting of equal access for everyone should they opt to go through surrogate pregnancy.

The LGBTQ+ community in the Jewish state has been fighting for a long time for their right to pursue surrogacy to no avail. However, in July 2021, rights activists had petitioned the country’s Supreme Court for a decision. The apex court gave its final ruling on the issue, declaring that the government’s ban on surrogacy for same-sex couples infringed on their rights. The court ordered for the ban to be removed within six months from the date of the ruling.

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