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.