Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Trapped

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Trapped

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Trapped

(2016)

Directed by Dawn Porter

This documentary focuses of the experiences of three abortion service providers in Alabama, as they deal with the many "TRAP" laws (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) that have been enacted and proposed. TRAP laws are those regulations that specifically target abortion providers and, although they are "justified" by their proponents as ensuring the health and safety of women seeking an abortion, they are in fact designed to make abortion services impossible.

Roe v. Wade makes abortion legal in the United States of America. The Supreme Court gave this ruling in 1973. The Supreme Court, in a later ruling, did say that individual states could enact legislation that contributed to the health and safety of women seeking an abortion as long as it did not entail an undue burden on those seeking an abortion. TRAP laws use this permission to pass laws that do not in fact benefit the health or safety of women seeking abortions, but do in fact place an onerous burden on many of the women seeking abortion services. The issue of undue burden is now under consideration by the Court and it should be resolved this coming June 2016. …

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