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PRESS REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA, LJUBLJANA, March 6, 1992 (STA)

Ljubljana, 6 March - DNEVNIK: WOMEN WITHOUT CHILDREN HAVE TO WORK LONGER - The last episode of the tragical comedy soap series had a happy ending, at least in the opinion of the majority of delegates who voted against the disputable amendment to Article 51 of the Law on Pensions and Disability Insurance. Some delegates of the leading coalition placed themselves in the defence of female employees who have at least two or three children. If mothers as the "bearers of Slovenianism" victored it would have meant that according to the new law female employees without children would have to work 40 years to achieve full pension. This, in the opinion of Schwartzbartl, Starman and some others, would be totally in the spirit of European trends for equality of the sexes. The first, in his great worry for the fertilization of Slovenians and the profession of motherhood, had the following "brilliant idea": that all women are not worth the same, but the more children mothers have, the greater their worth. Thus the sexes have reached the highest institution of the Slovenian state, where, according to the judgement of some, all mothers who do not bear children have to be punished by making them work 5 years longer. The sad thing here is that with this they show how little they care for mothers, not to even mention women in general, writes Milena Ule. They are more machines for carrying children than independent people of which half of them are employed. All praise and thanks to mothers with more children, but those women who decide to have one child or decide to have no children at all (or cannot have them) don't have to be penalized for this!

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