Same-sex couples, transgender people, and single men in Israel now have the right to start their families via surrogacy.
Israel’s Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, who is openly gay, called it "a historic day for the LGBTQ struggle in Israel.”
“Full equality. That is the simple demand, and it is the goal of the LGBT struggle, the long struggle of my community,” Horowitz said. “Equality before the law, and equality of parenthood.”
Until now, surrogacy in Israel has only been accessible to heterosexual couples and single women. Many gay men and couples were also deterred from pursuing IVF abroad due to the hefty costs.
Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in July 2020 that the country’s surrogacy ban on same-sex couples and single men was discriminatory and unlawful, and must be lifted within six months, Reuters reported.
The new law will go into effect on January 11th 2021, according to the Associated Press.