Pregnant women won’t have to wait in line anymore in places where public service is provided, according to a law passed by the Knesset in a late-night vote on Monday.
The law, initiated by Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen, was passed unanimously by the 48 MKs present.
“Public service” is defined in the legislation as a service given by a person to the public, or to a part of it, by a public authority. According to the law, service providers will be entitled to demand that a medical document be presented for proof of pregnancy.
“The idea for the bill proposal came when I was abroad with my wife who was pregnant,” Jabareen said during the discussion. “And when we saw the long lines in public places, we thought of giving up on those places. But we were pleasantly surprised when the service providers told us that we did not have to stand in line. When we came back to Israel we noticed the differences. It is time to give pregnant women the respect they deserve.”