JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli court set a legal precedent with its ruling that a woman whose baby was conceived using her eggs in a surrogate mother does not have to adopt her own child.
The Tel Aviv Family Court’s ruling, which was made public Wednesday, states that DNA testing can be used to prove maternity. Previously, women had to officially adopt their children from the surrogate.
The surrogate birth of twins in the current case was undertaken outside of Israel. Both parents were recognized as the babies’ biological parents on the birth certificate issued in the Republic of Georgia, where the surrogate lives.
Under Israeli law, the birth mother is the only person considered the mother of a baby, not the egg donor.