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July 26, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:


The Guttmacher Institute has released its mid-year analysis of state abortion laws and policies for 2012.   

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Israel & The Middle East
Prime Minister's Office to BBC: We insist you call Jerusalem Israel's capital
A quarrel between the Prime Minister's Office and the BBC over the broadcaster's disinclination to list Jerusalem as Israel's capital is rumbling on, with the PMO's spokesman sending a second letter demanding the BBC change its Olympics website to explicitly refer to the city as the country's capital.

obamaOp-Ed: Obama has helped make Israel safer
Throughout a half-century of international diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle.   

Behind the International Terrorism Campaign of Hizbollah and Iran
The deadly terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed five Israeli tourists and one Bulgarian citizen, is part of a combined, planned, and ongoing terror campaign waged by Iran and Hizbollah in the international arena over the last year against Israeli and Jewish targets.

PM: We must find way to restore Turkish relations

Israel and Turkey need to find a way to restore the important relationship they once had, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a delegation of senior Turkish print journalists he met earlier this week.

Shapiro: Not clear whether talks with Iran will continue US ambassador says Obama is committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear arms: "We are working together with Israel and many partners in the international community to put pressure on Iran."
Reproductive Rights

GOP Spending Bill Aims To Defund Planned Parenthood, Up Abstinence-Only Funds
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) released a labor, health and education spending bill on Tuesday that would defund Planned Parenthood and Title X, block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, allow any employer to deny women birth control coverage under the ACA for "moral reasons" and increase spending for abstinence-only education.

warabortionThe war on abortion rights
An aggressive campaign is being waged across the country as opponents seize every opportunity to deny women long-established constitutional protections.

New state laws make getting abortions tougher in U.S.: report

American women face increasing legal obstacles to obtaining abortions as more states pass laws restricting access, some so stringent they approach a ban on the procedure, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Despite Overwhelming Evidence, Federal Appeals Court Upholds Law Requiring Doctors to Lie to Women
If you are like me, you like to think, or at least grew up thinking, that judges are smart, impartial people who see through ideology to seek truth and justice for the greater good.

Planned Parenthoods Rescued By Obama Administration With Large Title X Grants
Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon.
Separation of Religion and State
separationMore complaints surface over religion in Houston schools
Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national organization working to protect the separation of church and state, sent another letter to Houston County schools Friday outlining additional complaints received from multiple families.
Political Bytes

In Fight for the House, the Trajectory Is Clear
House races often don't start getting attention until after Labor Day. But with the presidential contest sucking the air out of the political environment and defining the electoral landscape, House candidates may find they have an even harder time than usual defining themselves and their opponents.

jewishvoteAs Romney Heads to Israel, Is Jewish Vote in Play?
Why is this election year different from all other election years? The answer to this twist on the age-old Passover seder question is, probably not much, at least when it comes to the Jewish vote.
Voter Rights

voteridFights Over Voter ID Grow Fierce
More than half of the states have passed laws that require voters to show some form of identification before casting a ballot; nine of those have what are considered "strict" identification requirements.

America's Jewish Olympians head to London with Jewish pride

Jason Lezak -- no newcomer to Olympic glory -- recognizes the difficulty in returning to the medal stand at the London Games.


"Baffled" Bob Costas To Call Own Minute of Silence During Olympic Broadcast
One of the best known sportscasters in America may soon make history by defying the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decree that it would not honor the memory of the murdered 1972 Israeli Olympic team, and conducting an on-air memorial of his own.

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