Attorney General Menachem Mazuz directed the Health Ministry not to prevent or impose a limit on the transfer of eggs removed from a lesbian woman during fertility treatment to her domestic partner.
Mazuz's directive, issued yesterday, was in response to a request by a woman who had previously had children as a result of in-vitro fertilization. Some of the eggs that had been fertilized with donated sperm were frozen, and the woman is now seeking to donate them to her partner, with whom she shares a household. Mazuz said that egg donation could be permitted by law under such circumstances, because it is not contrary to the public interest.
A number of requests to the Health Ministry have been made by lesbian couples seeking permission for such donations.
In making his decision, Mazuz noted that he was not creating or recognizing a new domestic status, which w
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