April 12, 2019
WEEK IN REVIEW

Abortion rights suffered another setback this week. Ohio just became the fifth state to ban abortion at six weeks, just when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Many women
don't even know that they are pregnant at that point.

In Texas, lawmakers introduced one of the most reprehensible bills yet -- the death penalty for women who get abortions. There would be no exception for rape or incest. On the Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on his legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks.

The fetal heartbeat laws have been challenged in court and blocked from taking effect, but they are part of a larger effort to eventually overturn
Roe at the Supreme Court.

Legislatures in more than a dozen states are considering similar provisions -- a 63 percent increase from last year. More than 250 bills restricting abortion have been filed in 41 states since the start of 2019.

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, then state governors and legislatures will ultimately get to decide the fate of abortion in their states. Six states have adopted laws, known as trigger laws, which would automatically make abortion illegal when Roe becomes null on the federal level.

Other states have already passed punitive laws such as restricting private insurance plans from covering abortion, allowing health care providers to refuse abortion services, and mandating that health care professionals falsely inform women that abortion is linked to breast cancer.

Congress will be on recess for the next two weeks. Your representative and senators will be holding town hall meetings. ( Click here for a location near you.) Attend a meeting and let your elected officials know that protecting women's reproductive rights is important to you.

Your elected official need to hear from YOU -- even if they are pro-choice.

  "When you take things for granted, the things you are granted get taken."

Get involved. Support JAC and our pro-choice candidates. Let's keep the House pro-choice and turn the Senate blue.
 
Sources:  CBS News, Guttmacher

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Do you know a high school or college student who would like to intern at JAC during the school year or next summer? Call the JAC office at 847.433.5999 about opportunities.

JAC AROUND TOWN
JACII Detroit hosted MI State Rep. Robert Wittenberg to discuss gun violence prevention. Jordan Nodel, Lauren Acker, Ariella Lis Raviv, State Representative MI-40 Mari Manoogian, State Rep, founder and chair of Gun Violence Prevention Caucus Robert Wittenberg, Michal Nodel, Samantha Friedman, Natalie, Drew Parks
JAC met with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in Chicago this week. (l-r: Marcia Balonick, Anne Oppenheimer, Jeanne Shaheen, Hollis Wein, and Linda Rae Sher)
JAC members joined Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) (center) in Chicago for a special thank you breakfast.
ACTION ALERT
 
 Congress will be on back in their districts for
 
Spring Break  
APRIL 15 - APRIL 26
 
This is a perfect time to meet with them in the district to talk about key issues we are concerned about, including Sen. Graham's 20-week abortion bill.
 
Tell your elected officials to vote NO on the 'Pain Capable Unborn-Child Protection Act - S160.' We expect them to support #ReproRights. 
 
 Click here to find a townhall near you. 
 
 
Not sure who your Rep. is? Click here.

Don't forget to take a photo with your Rep. and send it to us to put in the EZ Read!


ISRAEL
9 Takeaways from Israel's Historic Election     
  
Israel's election on Tuesday was contentious, historic, crazy - and somewhat predictable. With most of the vote counted - some 300,000 votes from soldiers, diplomats and other Israeli officials working abroad have yet to be tallied - Benjamin Netanyahu seems poised to become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history with the help of his strengthened right-wing parliamentary bloc. But the results also brought some surprises. 
Continued Reading

Egypt's Mubarak: Golan Could Have Been Syria's If It Recognized Israel

It May Be the 'Trump Peace Plan,' but Officials Say He Hasn't Actually Seen It

Four Prominent Pro-Israel Jewish House Democrats Warn Israel Not to Annex West Bank

ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
Democratic Leader Takes Heat as Anti-Semitism Vote Roils Florida
 
A state Democratic leader in Florida has come under withering criticism after she opposed a bill targeting anti-Semitism, a move that has energized Republican efforts to woo entrenched Jewish voters in the nation's biggest battleground state. The anti-Semitism bill had been moving smoothly through the House and Senate until a committee hearing, when Gibson said she was concerned the proposal would grant "special protections" to one religion as opposed to all religions. She questioned the motives behind the bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.      
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CHOICE
Supreme Court Will Consider Weighing in on Alabama Law Banning Most Second-Trimester Abortions

Abortion rights will be back before the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices will consider reviewing a lower court decision that blocked an Alabama ban on the most common method for second-trimester abortions. First passed in 2016, the law prohibits a physician from performing a "dismemberment abortion"-the favorite anti-choice term for D and E abortions-unless it is necessary to prevent serious health risk to the pregnant person. SB 363 contains no exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomaly; it subjects physicians to up to two years in prison for violations.
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SEPARATION
The Supreme Court Considers Giving Conservative Christians a License to Discriminate, Again
  
In reality, the upcoming Klein case before SCOTUS poses a much bigger threat to civil rights laws than even Masterpiece Cakeshop did. That's because the Kleins are not just asking the Court to answer the question of whether a discrete class of people, like bakers, can flout anti-discrimination laws and refuse to bake a cake for a lesbian couple because to do so would be an artistic expression of morals contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs. They are asking the Court to overturn nearly 30 years of precedent to allow any religious objector to discriminate against LGTBQ people writ large.  
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BEYOND THE CORE
House Votes to Reauthorize VAWA in a Rejection of the NRA's Claim That Guns Keep Women Safe

The House voted to reauthorize an updated Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in defiance of the NRA. As the fight heads to the Senate, it's more important than ever to debunk these kinds of misperceptions about intimate partner violence. This is one of those instances when the stakes can literally be life or death. Guns and male intimates figure prominently in the murder of women. For the past 40 years, FBI homicide data document that women are more than twice as likely to be shot and killed by a male intimate than shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten to death, or killed in any other way by a stranger.
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POLITICAL BYTE
Republicans Press Trump to Drop Herman Cain's Fed Nomination           
 
Herman Cain is in deep trouble. And he hasn't yet even been formally nominated to the Federal Reserve. Senate Republicans are warning the White House that the 2012 presidential candidate will face one of the most difficult confirmation fights of Donald Trump's presidency and are making a behind-the-scenes play to get the president to back off, two GOP senators said.    
FYI
This Jewish Mom Is the Mastermind Behind OPI Nail Polish
 
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, 62, used to aggressively bite her nails. It was a chronic, nervous tick, and it had to stop. After all, she was the co-founder and creative director of a global nail polish company, and chewed-up cuticles wasn't a good look for the woman shaping the beauty industry. A second-generation Holocaust survivor, Weiss-Fischmann is the fiery Jewish mom behind OPI, the nail lacquer brand known for its witty color names. 
JAC II
Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.
LAST WORD
"They are coming like it's a picnic, like 'let's go to Disneyland."

- President Donald Trump, speaking about the immigrant families coming to the U.S.
    
    
SAVE THE DATE
June 3, 2019
JAC's 2019 Power of Women Luncheon
Lincolnwood, IL
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Monday, April 15
Lunch with Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA)
12 noon
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details - 847.433.4999
 
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Sunday, April 14 
Talking Points Los Angeles
Coffee & Conversation with
Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48)
10:30 am
Santa Monica, CA
 
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(Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it. 847.433.5999 or info@jacpac.org) 
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