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September 17, 2021

What's On Our Mind ...

With the Texas law that bans abortions as early as six weeks and the recent Supreme Court decision to allow the ban to remain in place, this year is shaping up to be “the worst legislative year ever” for abortion rights in the U.S. More than 90 abortion restrictions have already been enacted this year, according to the Guttmacher Institute. 

The courts are not on our side when it comes to protecting our reproductive rights. Too often the courts have ruled in favor of the states’ increasing restrictions. Therefore we must ensure that Congress acts immediately so that abortion remains safe and legal.

JAC is privileged to have Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a life-long champion of reproductive rights, join us on Wed., Sept. 22nd at 4:30 pm CST for an in-depth virtual briefing on the latest about the fight to protect abortion in our country. 

This is a unique chance to hear what Congress is doing for YOU in the fight for abortion rights. RSVP here. (For JAC members only. Click here to renew your membership or join.)

Since 2013 Sen. Blumenthal has been pushing to pass his bill, The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which would make it a federal law that people have the right to access abortion care throughout the country. His landmark piece of legislation is intended to keep politicians out of personal health care decisions.

It would prevent states like Arkansas from forcing a woman who wants an abortion to receive an ultrasound with the image displayed and a simultaneous verbal description of the fetus from the provider, or Indiana from requiring a woman to bury or cremate the fetal remains.

Even though the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that women have the legal right to have an abortion, states have been putting up blocks ever since to make it difficult — if not impossible — for women to access abortion care.

We need Sen. Blumenthal and other JAC candidates in Congress to counter these and other horrific states laws and push back against partisan and ideological court rulings. Donate to JAC today. With more court rulings just over the horizon, now is the time to stand with JAC as we work to ensure we elect members of Congress who will fight for our issues.


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Upcoming Events

Women's March

Saturday, October 2

Texas' near-total abortion ban will go down in history as one of the most brazen attacks on our reproductive freedom.

Join us in all 50 states to make our voices heard.

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Less than 100 Days 'til the elections in Virginia & New Jersey!

With voter suppression laws being passed across the country, we need first-time voters from 2020 to show up now more than ever. Order your postcards to voters in these key swing states today.

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Special Events for JAC Members

Update on Choice with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Join this online discussion about the recent passage of Texas SB8 and Sen. Blumenthal's bill to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law with the Women's Health Protection Act.


Wednesday, Sept. 22

5:30 pm ET | 4:30 pm CT | 2:30 pm PT

RSVP here

Virtual discussion with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)


Tuesday, Sept. 28

5:30 pm ET | 4:30 pm CT | 2:30 pm PT

RSVP here

Conversation with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)

Thursday, Oct. 7

At the home of Susan Berk in Highland Park, IL or join us virtually on Zoom

10:45 am ET | 9:45 am CT | 7:45 am PT

RSVP here

Discussion with Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN)

Save the date!

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Details to follow

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U.S. Sec. of State Blinken encouraged more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. A Palestinian official praised Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s “new vision” for the Gaza Strip as “the new Oslo Accords.” Read how the Abraham Accords – economic benefits, uniting against a common enemy, leveraging cooperation with a global power, pooling limited resources – create a template for the UN.


A former neo-Nazi and a son of a Holocaust survivor share their journeys combating hate. A survey finds that 22% of adult Jewish gamers faced antisemitic harassment while playing video games online. On a visit to Hungary and its notoriously antisemitic prime minister, the Pope warned against rising antisemitism in Europe.

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A federal judge denied the DOJ's request for an injunction against the Texas abortion law. On the Texas abortion ban: here’s where the lawsuits against it currently stand as a court blocked coordinated challenges by an anti-abortion group from suing Planned Parenthood. Millions have viewed shady anti-abortion ads on Facebook promoting an unsafe, unproven process to “reverse” abortion. Now Facebook says it’s investigating.


The Supreme Court's refusal to grant an injunction against Texas SB 8 demonstrates how separation of religion and state is under attack by theocrats. The Supreme Court is set to hear a case about vouchers for religious private schools. Orthodox Jewish groups have signed on as plaintiffs. Advocates say bills restricting abortion rights and trans rights are "inextricably linked."

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From bans on large capacity magazines to age restrictions on gun buyers, legal experts point to some of the lower court battles that could shape U.S. gun laws. Senate Democrats unified to introduce a new voting rights bill. It’s going nowhere if they don’t reform the filibuster. Congress is debating its biggest climate change bill ever. Here's what's at stake.


Read about how the fight over abortion access might affect the 2022 midterm elections. The constitutional implications of how much power a president should have reverberate after new revelations about Trump's final days in office. It has been widely accepted that Trump rules the GOP by fear of retaliation – but physical threats should also be examined.

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Muslims and Jews join together in Congress to press the U.S. government for kosher and halal food relief. The Light in the Darkness, a game co-written by a researcher and Holocaust survivor, aims to educate a new generation—and inspire them to learn more. Bahrain's Jews worship in public for the first time in decades.

The Last Word

"I'm losing sleep over it.”

– Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il) on whether certain changes to immigration law, including granting Dreamers a path to citizenship, are eligible to be included in the filibuster-proof budget process.


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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