A 43-year-old woman whose husband refuses to give her a divorce is asking for a sperm donation from a non-Jewish man so that her offspring will not be considered illegitimate according to Jewish law.
"I want to have offspring without worrying about them being illegitimate," she says.
The woman is due to petition the Israel Family Court via the New Family organization in the hope that it will permit her to receive the donation. New Family is an organization that provides moral and legal support to assure that all forms of the family unit are eligible for rights.
Until just three years ago the woman led an ordinary life, she had been married for six years and had been undergoing fertility treatments. Meanwhile, she discovered her husband was cheating on her, after which he informed her that he no longer wished to have children with her.
As fertility treatments require the consent of both parents, the health clinic refused to continue treatments although the woman still had several frozen eggs.
Bypass halachaAfter her husband left her, refusing to give her a divorce while at the same time fathering a child from another woman, the woman became concerned that her biological clock was ticking and that she would remain alone.
The woman contacted the New Family organization and decided to try and bypass the Jewish halachic laws by being artificially inseminated by the sperm donation of a non-Jew, so that the baby would not be considered 'illegitimate.'
Irit Rosenblum, the woman's attorney said she had contacted the Health Ministry and the organization is currently waiting for its response, but that she will simultaneously file a petition to the Family Court.
"I hope the court will help solve the problem, allowing me to realize my dream of having my own child," the woman said.