A lesbian couple in Israel sought the right to have a child through surrogacy before a seven member justice panel in the state’s High Court of justice. They wanted the entire procedure to take place in Israel and not in some other country overseas. The members of the panel urged the couple to accept the offer of the Health Ministry. The offer was to have only a part of the procedure done in Israel. However, the couple rejected this offer and at present, they are waiting for the final verdict.
This is the case of Liat Moshe and Dana Glisko who have been in a relationship for about 10 years now. When Moshe couldn’t succeed in conceiving via artificial insemination, she wanted to have an egg extracted from her ovary and get it implanted in Glisko’s womb.
But this wish of theirs couldn’t get fulfilled. The current law of Israel allows only heterosexual couples to carry out the entire surrogacy procedure there. Homosexual couples need to go overseas for the purpose. It was this discriminatory law that compelled Moshe and Glisko to place the petition in the court.
Before the hearing at Court, the Health Ministry had offered the couple a suggestion – Moshe could have her egg extracted in Israel but the process of implantation would have to be done overseas. In fact, several justice members also had urged this couple to accept this offer.
According to Supreme Court President Asher Gruins, “Everyone understands that the Health Ministry has taken a very significant step considering the law’s provisions…Therefore, its worth seriously considering the proposal.”
But not only did the couple think that the law was discriminatory but Moshe faced other problems too.
Moshe stated that her profession of a career official in IDF (Israel Defense Forces) did not allow her to get any surgery done abroad.
Particularly for Moshe, it was a tough situation because while on one hand she had sworn her loyalty to the state, on the other hand, it was the same state she was forced to fight against.
Moreover, the surrogacy procedure, when done abroad was going to cost a lot – around $3,000 but sadly the IDF would not pay for it.
And the list of troubles didn’t even end here. The couple was also concerned about the success of the surrogacy program –taking a frozen embryo abroad and then implanting it – it is not the same as implanting it while it is fresh.
But in the face of all these troubles, there is still hope – a public committee headed by Shlomo Mor-Yosef also recommended in May of 2012 that the law should change in favor of single individuals and homosexual couples.
And the last news is that the Israeli Government is working on the legislation but it is not yet clear if any changes are about to be implemented. Hopefully countries like Israel will be more open to homosexual surrogacy in the near future and couples like Liat Moshe and Dana Glisko will have an easier time as they attempt to experience the bliss of a complete family.