The Health Minister Yael German is seeking to change the Israel surrogacy law that will allow same-sex couples and single individuals to have children through gestational surrogates. Under German’s proposal, same-sex couples and singles would have the same rights and regulations as do married heterosexual couples.
Right now same-sex couples and single women are forced to travel abroad to countries like the USA or India to go through surrogacy to create or build their family. This process is incredibly expensive.
German (Yesh Atid) is also pushing for legislative changes to surrogacy laws for same-sex couples and singles. Under German’s proposal, same-sex couples and singles would have the same rights and regulations as do married heterosexual couples.
The Health Minsters proposal, which is going to require a change in the law is most likely going to draw disapproval from the Haredi parties in the Knesset along with members of the Habayit Hayedhudi party and the members of government coalition.
German goes on to say – “I am also promoting civil unions,” German added. “I am aware that there is opposition and I will work in the appropriate frameworks for promoting this process.”
The vote on legalizing same-sex civil unions was to take place on Sunday June 23rd, 2013, however, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has indefinitely postponed the vote to create a consensus draft of the law.
“Everyone has the right to parenthood and there should be no discrimination between a woman who wants to be a mother and a man who wants to be a father,” German told Haaretz.