Israeli court paves way for surrogacy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:348

Israel's High Court of Justice has overturned a 1987 law that bars surrogate motherhood and has given the government five months to push through parliament a detailed new law that would ensure strict supervision of the process. The highest appeals court in the land declared null and void an existing law that prohibits implantation of an embryo in a woman who is not its mother. The old law also provides that a donor's ovum shall not be transplanted unless it was fertilised by the recipient's husband.

Solicitor Amnon Ben-Dror was hired by 24 childless couples and one would be surrogate mother to …

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