A Week in Review February 10, 2017
Women's reproductive freedom and religious freedom, two of JAC's main issues, suffered a serious blow this week with the approval of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Price and Sessions will push their anti-choice, anti-women agenda in their new positions, while DeVos will use America's schools to build God's kingdom."
Despite these losses, our activism is definitely getting attention on the Hill. JAC met this week with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who stressed that we must keep the pressure on elected officials. The protests, phone calls, and mobilization are making a difference and has forced the GOP back down from some of their other plans.
We can not give up. We must now gear up to block the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch - another Trump ally who will wage war on women's health care from the nation's highest court and permit corporations to use their religious beliefs to discriminate.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told us this week that the GOP "may have won the election, but they don't own the country." The women's march last month motivated us and Sen. Elizabeth Warren galvanized us with her strong voice. Let's keep working and remember: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, #ShePersisted."