On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet of Benjamin Netanyahu approved a bill allowing surrogacy for singles and same-sex couples. The bill is now headed to the Knesset, where it is likely to be passed and become law.
In the complicated world of Israeli coalition politics, this victory couldn’t happen without months of political maneuvering. After the Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted in favor of the bill a few months ago, a political battle ensued between the religious Bayit Yehudi party and the centrist-secular Yesh Atid party who blocked many of each other’s proposals.
In the end, the ministers of center-right Likud, Yesh Atid and left-leaning Hatnuah voted in favor of Health Minister Yael German’s proposal to expand legal surrogacy eligibility beyond traditional heterosexual couples; the ministers belonging to the Bayit Yehudi party voted against, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman of the secularist-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party abstained.
According to Health Minister German, Yesh Atid, a party that represents the secular middle class of Israeli society, will now work to pass it into law as soon as possible.