January 19, 2018
JAC members in Chicago at last year's Women's March. Are you marching this year? Click here for more information. Send us your pictures for next week's EZ Read.
Week In Review Commentary
Monday marks the 45th Anniversary of Roe v Wade when the Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional right to privacy "is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy," thereby ensuring that women had a protected right to a safe and legal abortion.

Prior to that, women went to extreme, dangerous and desperate measures to end a pregnancy. Women were willing to risk their lives to have c ontrol over their bodies.

The Supreme Court's 1973 landmark decision was seen as an empowering day for women. When women can control their bodies and determine when they want to start a family, they can take better control of their economic futures.

Since then, women are still battling for reproductive freedom. Today, state and federal restrictions have placed onerous restrictions on doctors and patients.

There are fewer abortion providers than there were in 1973 and fewer clinics. Seven states have only one abortion provider and/or clinic. Yet one out of four women will have an abortion in their lifetime.

Donald Trump has pledged to overturn Roe v Wade by appointing an anti-choice judge to the Supreme Court. He is doing everything he can to make it hard for women to exercise their right to abortion care by filling his cabinet. agencies and the courts with extremists who are implementing policies toward women.

The only way we can guarantee our reproductive freedom is to elect Members of Congress who believe that this is a fundamental freedom for all women

We have an opportunity in 2018 to elect pro-choice candidates like: Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who is running for the Senate; candidate Elissa Slotkin (D-MI); and Sens. Debbie Stabnow (D-MI), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). ( Click here to donate.)

Every Member of Congress votes on every issue. It is important to support candidates that are pro-choice, even if they aren't from your state.

Come to Washington, DC with JAC Tuesday, March 13 - March 14th when we will advocate for reproductive freedom with leading Members of Congress.  They need to hear from us.

Click here for more information and to register for the 2018 JAC Conference. 

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Keep Abortion Safe and Legal
45 Year Anniversary of 
Roe v Wade
    Let's Celebrate by Making Sure Abortion Remains Safe, Legal and Accessible

     7 in 10 Americans support a woman's right to choose

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    Tell them that reproductive choice is an essential part of women's equality
    Keep abortion safe & legal

    After you call, tweet! #7in10ForRoe 
Danon to UN Secretary-General: Condemn Abbas's 'Hateful' and 'Racist' Speech
Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon demanded that Secretary General António Guterres condemn an inflammatory speech delivered by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.   Danon claimed that the PA leader had disparaged the State of Israel with "hateful" and "racist" language as he questioned the country's right to exist.  
U.S. Has Cut Half of Its Aid to Palestinian Refugees Pending UN Reform

The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees. The U.S. is UNWRA's largest donor, supplying nearly 30% of its budget. The agency focuses on providing health care, education and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Critics argue that UNRWA misuses humanitarian aid to support propaganda against Israel Others say sharply reducing the U.S. contribution could push the people closer to the militant Hamas movement. 
Israel Reveals Plans for 40-mile Underground Wall Around Gaza

Officials in Israel on Thursday gave journalists a tour of a destroyed militant Islamist tunnel and a peek at construction of an underground wall they hope will thwart terrorist groups from digging their way into Israeli territory.
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Trump's 'Chain Migration' Obsession: Nazis Thought of It First  
Trump and his right-wing allies have avidly worked to mainstream a new talking point about "chain migration." The idea is that immigrants from nonwhite and Muslim countries ultimately bring large extended family groups with them. The diagram used by the White House to signal the perils of "chain migration" and the way "undesirable" immigrant can supposedly bring many more of them to America. It is similar to the the the original "race science" diagrams used in Nazi Germany to explain the Nuremberg Laws.
ADL Warns of Rise in White Supremacist Violence
The ADL is warning of an increase in violence by white supremacists who have become "emboldened" by the rise of the alt-right.  The ADL is calling on Trump, mayors & police chiefs to speak out against racism and anti-Semitism. The FBI needs to keep more comprehensive records of hate crimes.  
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Administration Plans to  Shield Health Care Workers Who Claim Moral Objections
The Trump administration is planning new protections for health workers who don't want to perform abortions, refuse to treat transgender patients or provide other services for which they have moral objections.  Under a proposed rule, the HHS office would be empowered to further shield these workers and punish organizations that don't allow them to express their moral objections. 
Science Is Giving Pro-Life Movement a Boost

Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it pegged most fetuses' chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women's access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks.   
Trump's Speech to March for Life Marks U-Turn on Abortion

President Trump will speak at  Friday's  March for Life, becoming the first sitting president to address the annual anti-abortion gathering.  The announcement caps a stunning evolution for Trump, who once declared himself "pro-choice in every respect."  A year into his presidency, anti-abortion groups are praising his record as one of the most supportive of their cause in recent memory.
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Worst Anti-LGBT Bills Planned for 2018 

2015 was the year of Indiana's anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law; 2016 was North Carolina's ill-fated "bathroom bill"; 2017 was when Mississippi's extreme law HB 1523 took effect. If history repeats itself, 2018 will see another major state-level attack on LGBT.  According to a new report, we can expect state-level anti-LGBT bills to get narrower in focus, while remaining just as pointed in their intent.
New Trump Office Will Protect 'Conscience and Religious Freedom' Rights of Doctors

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration said a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying "conscience protections" could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people. 
FBI Investigating Whether Russian Money Went to NRA to Help Trump

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump - triple what the group devoted to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors. 
Trump's Environmental Agenda Taking Measurable Toll

Power plants have been given expanded license to pollute, the dirtiest trucks are being allowed to remain on the roads and punishment of the biggest environmental scofflaws is on the decline.  Now under his leadership, the agency's enforcement actions against scofflaws have plummeted. 
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A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

One year ago, millions of women protested in the streets. Now there are more women running for office than ever before. Experienced female political operatives are striking out on their own, creating new organizations independent from the party apparatus to raise money, marshal volunteers and assist candidates with everything from fundraising to figuring out how to balance child care with campaigns.
What Happens During Government Shutdown

A shutdown, however, doesn't mean every federally funded agency, program and service will grind to a halt. Whoever works for agencies and departments that are considered nonessential, including agencies that pay out small business loans and process passport requests, will cease to work. The military is considered essential and would still report for duty. However, the troops -- including those in combat -- will potentially not be paid during a shutdown.
The Trump Presidency: Year One
One year ago Saturday, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, kicking off an unpredictable year. From day one, Trump dominated headlines, publicly feuding with rivals and pushing policies that upended the Washington consensus. There were also  constant controversies at the White House. Here is a  look back at the first year.
Trump Again Targets Drug Policy Office
President Donald Trump is planning to slash the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in what marks his administration's second attempt to gut the top office responsible for coordinating the federal response to the opioid crisis. The proposal is the latest in a series of actions that health policy experts contend show the Trump administration isn't serious about addressing the opioid epidemic.
GOP Leaders Worried About Dem Wins
GOP Wisconsin Democrats scored a major upset victory when they won a state Senate race in a district that Trump easily carried in the 2016 election. Top Wisconsin Republicans, including Paul Ryan,  acknowledged it could mean bad news for the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections. 
Lebanon Bans 'The Post' Over Spielberg's Support for Israel 
Lebanon has effectively banned Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama, "The Post," because the American director is on a regional blacklist for supporting Israel. Lebanon and other Arab nations have long maintained a cultural boycott against Israel. But the twin bans reflect the growing strength of a once-fringe movement to extend the boycott to people and companies seen as too friendly to Israel.
The Last Word

"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother." 

Margaret Sanger, birth control activist who helped establish Planned Parenthood

JAC 2018 Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 13th - Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Special Pre-Conference VIP Tour
Monday, March 12th, 2018
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of African American History and Culture

  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) 
Monday, February 5th 
Call the JAC office for details and to RSVP
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