August 2, 2019
Access to reproductive health services are under attack in nearly every state across the country.  Six states have passed abortion bans. Six states have only one abortion clinic. More than 11 million women of reproductive age live more than a 1-hour drive from the nearest abortion clinic. There are 24 states have laws that regulate abortion providers and go beyond what is medically necessary to ensure patient safety.

These moves by anti-choice state legislators not only strip women of their reproductive freedoms, but put the lives of women and their unborn children at risk.

Therefore, it is critical that the Senate pass The Women's Health Protection Act (S. 1645). This is a groundbreaking bill that protects a health care provider's ability to provide reproductive health care services, including abortion services.

Trump has appointed 99 district, 43 circuit, and 2 Supreme Court justices who are aligned with his dangerous views on abortion. Legislators in at least 32 states have introduced bills to ban abortions in some or all circumstances. These bills will most likely face support when they reach the courts.

The Women's Health Protection Act would protect a woman's right to safe and legal abortion, along with other essential services such as family planning, and access to contraceptives, by stopping restrictive laws, regulations, and court decisions intended to curtail reproductive health services for women.

JAC-friend Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and author of the bill urged that, " The protections in this measure are more necessary now than ever before in our history because an avalanche of restrictive, reprehensible state laws is drastically reducing fundamental health care rights."

Even though Congress is not in session this month, we must continue to remind them that now it is more important than ever to keep fighting for our reproductive freedoms.

The GOP-controlled Senate is waging a war on women's health care. We must elect Democratic Senate candidates who will stand up and fight for women's health. This includes passing meaningful legislation and confirming judges who are within the judicial mainstream which supports Roe v Wade, the law of the land.
Congress is on recess - now is the time to take action. Go to a town hall. Set up a meeting. Talk with your elected officials about our issues.

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JAC AROUND TOWN
JAC members met with Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) in Chicago this week.
JAC's summer interns joined our meeting with Rep. Joe Kennedy.
JAC member Mimi Bergman delivered JAC support to Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV).
(*Note: Previous version misidentified Mimi Bergman. Our apologies for the confusion.)
JAC met with Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) in Chicago.
ISRAEL
Israelis Brace for a New Election. the Real Contest May Come Later.
    
Voters in Israel are as split as ever. The main candidates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the conservative Likud party and Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White, are unchanged. Campaign slogans from April's inconclusive election have been resurrected. Mr. Netanyahu, billboards declare, is still in a "different league." But Israelis already seemed to be looking past the do-over election on Sept. 17 to the bruising coalition negotiations that are expected to follow.    
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ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
What If They're Not Coming for the Jews This Time?

It's becoming almost a daily occurrence: President Donald Trump denouncing anti-Semitism and expressing solidarity with the state of Israel. Gone are the days when Trump tweeted out a Star of David atop stacks of money. The Trump White House has purged itself of oddballs with troubling backgrounds and even more troubling friends. But the part of the Trump world that draws a government paycheck has settled into something like normal in its condemnation of anti-Jewish bigotry.
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CHOICE
Alabama Could Pay $1 Million in Lawsuit over 2016 Abortion Law
 
Alabama might have to pay more than $1 million to lawyers for abortion clinics after the state's unsuccessful attempt to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure. In a court filing last week, lawyers for abortion clinics said they will seek to recoup $1 million in legal fees and nearly $24,000 in expenses. Alabama is responsible for the plaintiffs' fees after federal courts ruled the law unconstitutional. 
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SEPARATION
A Red State Is Plastering 'in God We Trust' on the Walls of Public Schools. It's Mandatory.

South Dakota's Republican lawmakers said it was about history - the motto appears on money, on license plates and in the fourth stanza of "The Star-Spangled Banner." It's also likely to be discussed in the classroom, where historical inquiry is a key part of the state's social studies curriculum. But legislators said they wanted to make it more clear; they wanted to "reaffirm" it. So this fall, when students return to school, a new and compulsory message will greet them: "In God We Trust." It'll be the first new academic year since South Dakota's GOP leadership passed a law requiring every public school to display the American maxim "in a prominent location" and in a font no smaller than 12 by 12 inches.    
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BEYOND THE CORE
Guns Across Borders: California Has Strict Laws, but Nevada Doesn't
 
California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But the tragedy that played out in Gilroy, in which three people were killed and 12 wounded, illustrated a familiar problem for states that have ratcheted up their own gun laws in recent years, only to see them neutralized by neighboring states with more lax rules.  
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POLITICAL BYTE
We Are African Americans, We Are Patriots, and We Refuse to Sit Idly By

As 149 African Americans who served in the last administration, we witnessed firsthand the relentless attacks on the legitimacy of President Barack Obama and his family from our front-row seats to America's first black presidency. Witnessing racism surge in our country, both during and after Obama's service and ours, has been a shattering reality, to say the least. But it has also provided jet-fuel for our activism, especially in moments such as these. 
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FYI
An Israeli Soldier Went MIA 37 Years Ago. International Intrigue and DNA Testing Brought Him Home.
 
For decades, Israel's National Center of Forensic Medicine has tested skeletal remains secreted across its northern border, checking whether the DNA matched that of Israeli soldiers missing in action behind enemy lines in Lebanon or Syria. "From time to time they'd bring the samples," said Chen Kugel, the head of the forensics center. "It's body remains. It's bones. It was always: maybe this time, maybe this time, maybe this time." There was never a match. Then, earlier this year, a bag of bones arrived, and from the moment it was opened, it looked promising. 
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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.
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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.

The Last Word
"I've always been proud of what this team accomplished during my administration. But more than what we did, I'm proud of how they're continuing to fight for an America that's better." 
 
- Former President Barack Obama   
   
   
Monday August 5
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
3 pm
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Thursday, October 10
Michigan Membership Meeting
Franklin, MI
Details to follow
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SAVE THE DATE
April 21-23, 2020
JAC's 2019 Annual Meeting
Washington, DC
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Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it.
info@jacpac.org or 847.433.5999
Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.
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