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July 10, 2020 

We can never rest when it comes to protecting women's reproductive rights.

Last week we breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. This law would have left the state with only ONE abortion clinic. 

This week we gasped. The Supreme Court said that employers and their companies' insurance plans do not have to cover birth control because of religious or 'moral' objections. This threatens thousands of women's healthcare and weakens the separation of religion and state.

These two decisions are playing out at a time when we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, when women are struggling even more for access to abortion and reproductive health care. The war on women and their ability to make their own health decision continues, despite the pandemic sweeping the nation.

Many states implemented restrictions that have effectively banned or blocked the availability of abortion services. Some states declared that abortion is not an essential service. Even though states are reopening, women can never make up the lost time when it comes to their medical care.

Trump's vehement opposition to abortion and his effort to build support with the extreme right is even preventing a potential vaccine breakthrough for COVID-19. He banned the National Institute of Health from using donated fetal tissue from elected abortions for medical research. Scientists were working to find a cure and treatments for illnesses such as Parkinson's disease. They also wanted to use the tissue to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.

Forty-seven years after the landmark case Roe v Wade was decided, our rights are still on shaking ground. States, Congress, and the President are still trying to ban abortion regardless of how it impacts Americans' lives.

We need to continue to work to elect pro-choice candidates to Congress and to elect Joe Biden. Our federal government - on all levels - must respect and protect a woman's right to make her own medical decisions.
Wednesday, July 15
JAC's Virtual Power of Women Luncheon 
Celebrating 40 years of JAC Making History with
 the History-Making
 Speaker Nancy Pelosi
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT
Monday, July 20
Rep. Jan Schakowsky's 19th Annual
Ultimate Women's Power Lunch
Keynote Speakers Include:
Jill Biden, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico,
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago
12:30 pm
Note invited by JACPAC in the RSVP box
Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President
Tuesday, July 14
Jewish Women for Joe Summer Book Club
Jill Santopolo, author of "More Than Words"
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT
Wednesday, July 15
Conversation on the America Economy with Hon. Jack Lew, Hon. Penny Pritzker, Gene Sperling, & Danielle Gray
5:30 pm ET | 4:30 pm CT | 2:30 pm PT
**Free Event** 
Wednesday , July 15
Jewish Women for Joe Virtual Conversation
Cruel & Unusual Punishment: Is There Hope for Criminal Justice Reform?
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) &
Jessica Feiermen, Esq., Juvenile Justice Attorney
6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm PT
**Free Event** 
Monday, July 27
Jewish Women for Joe Summer Book Club
featuring Sara Blake, author of "Naamah"
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT
Thursday, July 30
Virtual Climate Change Discussion with Al Gore
1:30 pm ET | 12:30 pm CT | 10:30 am PT
Monday, August 3
Virtual Conversation on Antisemitism with
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) & Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
moderated by Jason Alexander
8:00 pm ET I 7:00 pm CT I 5:00 PT 
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Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan Warn Israel on Annexation

Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan warned Israel against annexing parts of the Palestinian territories, saying that doing so could have consequences for bilateral relations.  In a statement distributed by the German Foreign Ministry, the countries, which include two of Israel's leading partners in the Middle East, said their foreign ministers had discussed how to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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DeSean Jackson Says Anti-Semitic Post Was Taken 'The Wrong Way,' Extending His Apology after Eagles Respond 
Hours after posting an apparent Adolf Hitler quote on his Instagram,  Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver  DeSean Jackson has suggested the message he shared was taken "the wrong way," saying he has "no hatred in my heart toward (anyone)."  As ESPN reported , Jackson posted two different pictures with positive remarks about Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, as well as pictures on his story feed of a quote he attributed to Hitler, in which "white Jews" are accused of trying to "blackmail America."
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Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration Regulation Letting Employers Opt Out of Birth Control Coverage 
The Supreme Court upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious or moral objections limit women's access to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act and could result in as many as 126,000 women losing contraceptive coverage from their employers.  The 7-to-2 decision was the latest turn in seven years of fierce litigation over the "contraception mandate," a signature initiative of the Obama administration that required most employers to provide cost-free coverage for contraception and that the Trump administration has sought to limit.
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The Supreme Court Fails LGBTQ and Disabled Students in Ruling 
The separation between church and state got a bit murkier with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that may lead to more  taxpayer dollars going to religious schools. That's bad enough. But the decision in  Espinoza v. Montana, which Chief Justice John Roberts  penned and the conservative wing enthusiastically joined, hands another victory to conservatives and creates a pathway for religious schools to discriminate against already-marginalized students, including LGBTQ youth and students with disabilities.
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Trump Wants to Put a Rightwing Zealot in Charge of Public Land. Here's Why It Matters

Donald Trump  announced that he plans to nominate William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management. That may not sound like big news, but it is. First of all, the office manages one-tenth of the United States' land mass and, therefore, massive amounts of fossil fuels. Second, Pendley is  linked to two little-known but very dangerous political movements: the so-called  Wise Use movement and the anti-government extremists sometimes called constitutionalists or  sovereign citizensWise Use advocates are fiercely opposed to almost any environmental protection laws, have long had exceptional access to the Trump administration.
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The Supreme Court Decides Not to Make the Electoral College Even Worse
Under Monday's unanimous Supreme Court decision in Chiafalo v. Washington, states may remove or sanction members of the Electoral College if those electors go rogue and defy the will of the state's voters. The idea that individual electors may behave faithlessly received bipartisan opposition. Both the Republican National Committee and the Colorado Democratic Party filed briefs urging the Supreme Court to rule against faithless electors. And the decision was ultimately unanimous, although two justices, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, disagreed with the reasoning of Justice Elena Kagan's majority opinion.
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Biden-Sanders Task Forces Unveil Joint Goals for Party Unity
Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding a coronavirus-ravaged economy.  But they stopped short of urging Biden's full endorsement of policies that could prove too divisive for some swing voters in November, like universal health coverage under "Medicare for All" or the sweeping Green New Deal environmental plan.
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Vice President Biden delivers remarks on Trump's failure to protect the American people
Vice President Biden delivers remarks on Trump's failure to protect the American people

The Dangerous Race for the Covid Vaccine
The strange fate of CureVac shows just how much national pride is defining the lines of the global race for the Covid-19 vaccine. While scientists try to collaborate across national boundaries, national leaders are caught up in an old-fashioned game of one-upmanship-a competition that is driving, and in some cases complicating, the most consequential medical challenge of the 21st century. Public health experts say we should be worried.
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The Problem with the 'Hamilton' Movie
This Fourth of July weekend, which finds much of America reeling from a rocky first half of 2020, the mainstream and social media hype can be summed up in three words: "Hamilton" is back.... But clearly it has landed in a different landscape from 2015, when "Hamilton" premiered on Broadway. What Lauren Michele Jackson calls the "righteous, multicultural patriotism" of the play seems now at odds with Black Lives Matter's strident call for radical change to an America where the legacy of white supremacy lives on.  
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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 We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

The Last Word
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
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