TRAPPED stands for Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers and refers to TRAP laws that the film’s subjects face.
U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open, so what remains of a woman’s right to choose? Speaker Diana Philip, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, will help to answer this question and provide additional insights into laws impacting women all over the country. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt) that prevents individual states from essentially outlawing abortion. Trapped follows the clinic workers and lawyers who were on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
The documentary is the winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking.