Same-sex couples and singles across the country have a reason to rejoice as the government approved changing surrogacy guidelines on Sunday.
Yesterday, after months of political wrangling, Likud, Yesh Atid and Hatnua voted for Health Minister Yael German’s proposal to expand legal surrogacy eligibility, in Israel and abroad, beyond heterosexual couples. Bayit Yehudi ministers voted against and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman abstained.
“We don’t think we deserve less than any couple. We both served in the military and pay taxes and we don’t think we should have less than any other [Israeli] couple has,” said, Elad, a 32 year old from Tel Aviv, whose 6-month-old daughter Alona was conceived via surrogacy.
Together with his partner, Elad, who asked that his last name be withheld in order to protect his privacy, went through an expensive, complicated and cumbersome two-year process that involved weaving through the bureaucratic red tape in order to bring their daughter from India to Israel.
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