JACPAC News & Opinion Digest

January 24, 2014 

JAC Around Town
aroundtownJAC met with several elected officials, candidates and leaders around the country.

JAC member Deborah Gordon Klehr (right) was granted credentials to argue before the US Supreme Court, with her sponsor and fellow JAC member
Nancy Gordon

2014 JAC Power of Women Luncheon Committee  

JAC met with Lt. Gov John Walsh, Senate Candidate for Montana

On Our Radar

Federal Legislation we are watching:

* Federal 20-week abortion ban
* Voting Rights Act
* Unemployment Benefits
* Paycheck Fairness
* Immigration Reform 
* Sexual Assault in the Military 
* Farm Bill - food aid (SNAP)
* HR 1565 - Public Safety &  
   2nd Amendment Rights Act

According to right-wing lawmakers, outlawing abortion "very much promotes job creation!" 

HR-7 would: 
  • Tax health plans that cover abortion
  • Require IRS audits of rape survivors
  • Make the Hyde Amendment permanent
  • Redefine rape and incest
  • Ban abortion from all government health insurance plans (including  Medicaid, military and  government employee plans, and residents of Washington, DC)
  • and much more
Call today and tell your Representative to vote NO on HR-7. 
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This week's issue highlights these key developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Think there is a crisis in the US-Israel relationship? Think again.  
  • 41 years of Roe v Wade in 13 charts.  
  • A Texas family is suing to take a pregnant woman off life support and want state law declared unconstitutional.
  • University of Connecticut football controversy - new staff member wanted Jesus in the center of their huddle.    
  • House conservatives seeking a more right-wing home are forming the Liberty Caucus.
  • Can young people impact gun violence legislation?
  • Possible bi-partisan progress on immigration reform.    
  • What Israeli company will have a Super Bowl ad? Hint: look for Scarlett Johansson.   
  • JAC around town  
  • and so much more! 
This week's EZ Read brings you these stories and some that may have slipped past your news feed.
Israel & The Middle East 
US Sec of State John Kerry: Photo Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv
Kerry expected to unveil framework at end of month for continuation of peace talks

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
US Secretary of State John Kerry will present a framework paper that will serve as a basis for further negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of the month, Palestinian sources said on Saturday.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
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crisisWhat Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations?
The U.S.-Israeli relationship is so popular in the U.S. and the level of collegiality and cooperation is so high, that the slightest disagreement or hostile word leads to a media consensus that a "crisis" between Jerusalem and Washington is upon us. All of these analysts forget one major element in the U.S.-Israeli relationship: Congress.
13,000 teens complete Hamas training camps to emulate 'suicide martyrs'

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy

Numbers more than double in second year of Gaza's 'Pioneers of Liberation' program; females also trained.

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An Iran Hawk's Case Against New Iran Sanctions

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
For years, Iran hawks have argued that only punishing sanctions, combined with the threat of military force, would bring Tehran to the nuclear negotiating table. Finally, Iran is at the table.
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Reproductive Rights
roeThirteen charts that explain how Roe v. Wade changed abortion rights
Wednesday marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a legal right. The decision was transformational: Overnight, abortion went from being banned by all but a handful of states to being legal in all 50. Movements quickly built up in defense, and in opposition, of the ruling. 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
Federal court permanently blocks North Carolina's narrated ultrasound law
A federal court on Friday permanently blocked a North Carolina law requiring women to undergo coercive counseling and a narrated ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion. The judge permanently enjoined the unconstitutional law, ruling that "the Act requires providers to deliver the state's message to women who take steps not to hear it and to women who will be harmed by receiving it with no legitimate purpose."

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As Roe v Wade turns 41, barriers still exist Source: Guttmacher Institute 
Can 'Roe' Survive the Roberts Court?
Though Roe's foundation feels shakier today than ever, it has long been under attack-first with Harris v. McRae,the Supreme Court case decided just a few years after Roe that upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment and effectively cut off access to abortion for the poor by making it too expensive to obtain. That attack accelerated after Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court decision that held states could restrict abortion rights so long as those restrictions did not pose an "undue burden." Since Casey, but especially since 2010, anti-choice activists have rushed to find out just how far they can go to restrict abortion rights under that standard.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
Separation of Religion & State
footballUConn President Says No Place for Jesus in Football Huddle 
The president of the University of Connecticut is taking issue with a member of the school's new football staff saying "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."
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Political Byte
libertyHouse conservatives fed up with conservative caucus, form even more conservative caucus
The Liberty Caucus is a popular new far-right alternative to the far-right Republican Study Committee.


Why Democrats Can't Roll Back Abortion Restrictions

Abortion clinics that are marking Wednesday's anniversary of Roe v. Wade by calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to protect abortion rights have every right to expect a sympathetic ear. The Democratic governor put the issue at the forefront of his campaign last year, and Planned Parenthood spent roughly $2 million to help McAuliffe and two other Democrats sweep the statewide offices for the first time since 1989. But will that mean a rollback in new regulations curtailing abortion rights for Virginia women? Hardly.

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Gun Violence Prevention
Texas gun show loses county venue after refusing background checks

A dispute over background checks is preventing a Texas county from hosting a long-running gun show at its Exposition Center. Saxet Gun Shows has hosted a show nearly every month since 2010, but when county officials wanted the company to require background checks for all firearm transactions, Saxet refused. 

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gunsHow youth can refocus gun-violence conversation  

More than 11,500 individuals have died from guns in the United States since the tragedy in Newtown. To many people, gun violence isn't typically thought of as a youth issue. But Clements hopes that groups like hers - the Junior Newtown Action Alliance - indicates a shift in the movement's leaders and gun-reform efforts. Unlike legislators on both sides of the political spectrum who have failed to reach a compromise, young Americans have the ability to present new, unbiased ideas to an ongoing debate.

Read Full Article

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/02/5875831/gun-violence-goes-on-and-so-does.html#storylink=cpy     
Beyond the Core
immigration2 Friends Reach Across the Aisle on Immigration
The two women might at first seem more like political rivals than a reminder of the way things used to work in Washington. But if there is any way to unlock the immigration stalemate in Washington, colleagues say these two might find it.
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sodastreamScarlett Johansson stands tall against Israel boycotters

One of the sexiest women in America has the PC crowd in a swivet. Scarlett Johansson, you see, is shooting a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream.

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