JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli women between the ages of 20 and 33 will be eligible to receive government-funded abortions in 2014.
The new eligibility is part of the country’s state-subsidized basket of health services for 2014, approved on Monday. Currently, the government only pays for abortions for medical reasons and for girls under 18.
Some 6,300 women between ages 20 and 33 are expected to have abortions in Israel in 2014. All the women still will be required to receive the approval of a government panel before undergoing the procedure; the panel approves nearly all cases.
The head of the health basket committee, Jonathan Halevy of Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, said the goal is eventually to raise the covered age to 40.
Contraception is not covered in the health basket.
The committee announced the approval of 83 new drugs and treatments for 2014. The basket still must be approved by the Ministry of Health and the Cabinet.