pregnant woman 224.88.
(photo credit: AP)
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation either rejected or postponed the more
controversial bills that it considered during its weekly meeting, held this week
One of them, sponsored by Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev, called to
prohibit abortions after the fetus is 22 weeks old.
“At this point, it is
alive, and terminating pregnancy means murdering the fetus, not ‘aborting’ it,”
The ministerial committee rejected the bill.
Penal Law forbids abortions unless a committee appointed by a hospital director
or the health minister approves it for one of a limited number of reasons, such
as that the woman is under marriage age or over the age of 40.
bill would have blocked permission for any of these reasons if the fetus were
more than 22 weeks old. He added several exceptions to his proposed prohibition,
but they were more restrictive than the ones in the existing
The ministerial committee also postponed by two weeks a
discussion on a government bill proposed by Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch (Israel Beiteinu), calling for additional constraints on meetings
between prisoners and their lawyers.
Aharonovitch said the current
restrictions on such meetings were insufficient and could easily be
Furthermore, new categories of prisoners needed to be added to
the existing legislation, including members of terrorist and criminal
The bill calls to extend the ban on meetings from 24 hours
to seven days. The Prisons Services commissioner, with the consent of the state
attorney, would be able to ban such meetings for another 90 days, instead of
five days under to the current law. Finally, after the end of the second period,
the district court would be allowed to extend the ban for periods of half a year
at a time, instead of 21 days as the current law allows.
is possible if there is a substantial cause for concern that such a meeting will
facilitate a crime that threatens life, public security, state security or
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the
Public Defender’s Office submitted objections to the proposal.
committee also postponed a vote on a private member’s bill submitted by MKs
Ophir Akunis (Likud) and Ya’acov Edri (Kadima) calling for punishment of up to a
year in jail for anyone who “causes harm to the honor of the state flag or the
state symbol, or causes harm to be done to them or uses them in such a way as to
cause harm to their honor.”
The current law, which was passed in 1949,
calls to punish violators of the law with a fine of 300 Israeli lirot. The MKs
estimated the real value of the fine today at NIS 0.03.
submitted by MK Uri Ariel (National Union), calls for an amendment to the
Companies Law that would permit the registrar of companies to register only
those firms that “do not cause harm to the values of the State of Israel as a
Jewish and democratic state.”
Ariel explained that according to current
law, the registrar lacks discretion to refuse to register any company. A
discussion of this bill was postponed by one month.