The Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) voted against a draft bill seeking to “extend the circle of people using the services of a surrogate mother to single men and homosexual couples “.
Surrogacy is authorised in Israel for married or single women who cannot have a child.
The vote on this draft bill has already been postponed once (see Israel: surrogacy still banned for men). The vote took place on 31 October. Forty-one MPs voted for and 49 against. The Prime Minister openly supports this bill and regrets that there was not a sufficient majority to pass the bill. “I support surrogate mothers for the LGBT community […] We will adopt the law once we get a majority”, he announced.