Ministers Reject All Bills Submitted in Honor of International Women's Day

Rejected bills include allowing flexible working hours for mothers, equal employment opportunities, and eradication of abortion committees; ministers pass bill preventing the increase of women's legal retirement age.

The cabinet decided that it will not support any of the bills presented before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday in honor of International Women's Day on March 8.

However, the committee did accept a bill that was not included in the International Women's Day list, that will prevent raising the legal retirement age for women from 62 to 64.

The bills discussed and rejected on Sunday included: Dalia Itzik's (Kadima) bill allowing flexible working hours for mothers; the equal employment opportunities bill presented by Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi); a bill that obliges the presence of a consultant for women's issues in every public organization and a bill that obliges public companies to ensure 50% of their staff are women, submitted by Ronit Tirosh (Kadima). The bill presented by Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) forbidding multiple common law marriages, which was rejected in the past, was rejected again on Sunday.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation also decided not to support a bill to eradicate abortion committees. The bill, initiated by Nitzan Horowitz (New Movement-Meretz), defines the woman's right to her body and the right to control her pregnancy as part of Basic Law. According to this bill, the ability to terminate a pregnancy would be given by health and national services as part of the health basket, upon the woman's wishes under medical advice, and not according to the existing stringent conditions.

Benjamin Netanyahu - AP - 27.2.2011

However, the ministers did decide to support a law that will prevent the legal retirement age for women from being raised from 62 to 64. The legislation committee decided to adopt the law, initiated by Haim Oron (New Movement-Meretz chairman), after existing legislation had set to automatically raise the legal retirement age at the end of the current year.