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How Roe v Wade has Survived

Forty-three years ago, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. The landmark case established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. Ever since then, anti-abortion politicians and activists have tried to chip away at Roe. States have passed more than 1,000 restrictions on the procedure and the Supreme Court has ruled on several other abortion cases, each time further limiting abortion access. 

The Worst -- and Weirdest -- Ways Politicians Tried to Limit Access to Abortion in 2015

2015 wasn’t a great year for reproductive rights.

Federal and state lawmakers introduced more than 400 bills and enacted 47 new laws intended to restrict access to reproductive health care — the most in any recent year. Considerably fewer bills sought to expand access — and only three of those became laws.

States Keep Passing Expanded Gun Rights 3 Years After Sandy Hook

The 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which a mentally troubled young man killed 26 children and educators, served as a rallying cry for gun-control advocates across the nation.

But in the three years since, many states have moved in the opposite direction, embracing the National Rifle Association's axiom that more "good guys with guns" are needed to deter mass shootings.

JAC Statement on Donald Trump's Comments About Muslims on 12/2015

JAC strongly condemns the hateful comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

We may differ on ideas and policies, but we must be united - Republicans and Democrats - to ensuring religious freedoms for all. Racial and religious bigotry has absolutely no place in our political arena and only serves to weaken the fabric of our country.

State Lawmakers Pass Nearly 50 Anti Choice Bills in 2015

State legislators approved nearly 50 bills restricting access to abortion over the last year, according to a report by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

A total of 16 states, mostly in the South, approved new legislation, ranging from new consent mandates to stricter protocols for abortion medications.

While not all became law — including at least 20 measures targeting Planned Parenthood — abortions rights activists are using the trend as a call to action.

Most Americans Oppose Cutting Funds for Planned Parenthood

Americans overwhelmingly oppose cutting off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, a debate that is likely to come to a head this week between the Republican-controlled Congress and the Democratic White House.

By 58%-33%, those surveyed Wednesday through Sunday said the group's funding shouldn't be eliminated. The national poll of 1,000 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Wisconsin Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services. The groups argue that the 2013 law amounts to an unconstitutional restriction on abortion. The law has been on hold since a federal judge struck it down earlier this year.

Supreme Court's Abortion Decision will Impact All Women

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a challenge to tough abortion restrictions in Texas raises questions about the legal fate of similar laws in more than a dozen other states.

The court's ruling, due by June, could spell out the extent to which states can impose clinic regulations likely to restrict access to abortion as an outpatient procedure. If the court strikes down the Texas law, similar laws would also fall. But if the court rules in favor of the state, then more states would be able to follow suit.

Statements by US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama said the security of Israel is one of his top foreign policy priorities during a meeting at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Nov. 9.

President Obama:
"Welcome once again Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to the Oval Office. There's no foreign leader who I've met with more frequently and I think that's a testimony to the extraordinary bond between the United States and Israel.