January 8, 1993 |
The lower house of Parliament approved a draft law limiting women's freedom to have abortions, but it rejected proposals to ban abortion altogether. The draft was a compromise between parties backed by Poland's powerful Roman Catholic Church and liberals and left-wingers who favor a less restrictive bill.
January 29, 2013 |
When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that he was rescinding restrictions on women in combat, he dropped this provocative comment: “Our nation was built on the premise of the citizen soldier. In our democracy, I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to protect the nation. And every citizen who can meet the qualifications of service should have that opportunity.” Query (as they saw in law school) whether this formula undermines the rationale for current law requiring 18-year-old males, but not females, to register for a “standby” military draft.
December 24, 1988
Swiss Justice Minister Elizabeth Kopp said her ministry would produce a draft law by next spring that would make concealing the criminal origin of money an offense punishable by up to five years in prison.
May 3, 1989 |
Soviet trade unions, long closely controlled by Communist authorities, will be given the right to strike under a draft law to be adopted in the next few months, union leader Stepan Shalayev said today. The draft law, which sets out a broad range of powers for unions, follows sporadic reports from across the country of wildcat strikes by miners, bus drivers and carpet weavers demanding better pay and conditions. "The right (to strike) is being considered as a means to press management to speed up the resolution of labor disputes," Shalayev said in an interview with the trade union daily Trud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1996
There are two mitigating factors in the desertion of Marine Cpl. Donald J. Bailey. Bailey's countrymen collectively turned their backs on him before he turned his back on them. And ss stated in The Times of Feb. 7, President Carter, himself once a line officer in the Navy, gave blanket pardon to draft dodgers who had not yet experienced the rigors of military service or faced hostile fire. There is a kicker to be added here. We have currently three national figures who, though legally, finagled provisions in the Vietnam era draft law to avoid military service: our current president, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas)
August 16, 1985
Singapore, the world's haven for copyright pirates, will send violators to jail under new laws now being drafted, government officials said. The draft law would replace the island's 74-year-old Copyright Act, which U.S. officials and foreign investors have criticized as outmoded and ineffective. "We are introducing for the first time jail sentences for infringement, although normally copyright trespasses are really civil matters," a senior government official said.