Israel finally scraps LGBT+ surrogacy ban in ‘historic step’ for equality

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Israel will allow surrogacy for same-sex couples, single men and trans people from next week after a decade-long legal battle.

Health minister Nitzan Horowitz announced on Tuesday (4 January) that new rules making surrogacy accessible to all families will come into effect on 11 January.

Currently, surrogacy in Israel is only legal for heterosexual, married couples and single women who ask a surrogate to carry their biological child. Same-sex couples and single men must currently go abroad if they wish to access surrogacy, making the process even more complex and expensive.

In July 2021, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that denying surrogacy rights to same-sex couples was unlawful, and that the ban must be lifted.

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