What-Is-SurrogacyIsrael: The Ministerial Committee on Legislation gave the go ahead on March 2 to a bill that would enable same-sex couples to apply to surrogate mothers to have a baby for them, reports jpost.com.

Seven ministers voted in favor and five ministers voted against it. Those voting against will apparently present an appeal to the cabinet meaning that it could actually take a long time for the proposed legislation to be passed.

During the discussion, Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel who voted against said that since the bill is a very sensitive matter and because the Justice and Interior Ministries have not yet agreed upon a formula for the bill, a final decision should be delayed for two weeks.

The Health, Justice and Labor and Social Welfare Ministries were asked to prepare an agreed-upon version; if not, the current version will be returned to the ministerial committee.

Health Minister Yael German who had proposed the bill argued that everyone has the right to be a parent. The bill relates to surrogacy arrangements both in Israel and abroad. She added that the vote was an important step.

At present, only heterosexual couples can make a surrogacy arrangement with a woman willing to bear their children.

“The bill, raised today in the ministerial committee, contains the correct balance between the desire and right to be a parent and the need to protect the surrogate mother and her rights,” the health minister said.

Source: jpost.com