We are proud to join with our friends Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Women’s Medical Fund, Slought, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Penn Cinema Studies Program, and New Voices Philadelphia to bring the groundbreaking documentary TRAPPED (2016) to Philadelphia for a screening at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an expert panel discussion exploring the patchwork of abortion access across the country and obstacles to access in Pennsylvania.
The screening and panel discussion will take place Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm in Meyerson Hall B1 at the University of Pennsylvania (210 South 34th Street).
Since 2010, hundreds of laws that strategically over-regulate healthcare facilities that provide abortion care have been passed by state legislatures, including in Pennsylvania. While lawmakers justify each individual regulation as an effort to “protect women,” these restrictions are designed to work cumulatively, incrementally building obstacles that target low-income women and women of color. Such restrictions are known as TRAP laws (for Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers). Many abortion providers have been forced to shut their doors due to these restrictions. The providers that remain must navigate increasingly complex and prohibitively costly obstacles in order to comply with each new restriction. TRAPPED follows some of these clinic workers and lawyers who are fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.