The timing could not be more appropriate: As we wait for a ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States on the most significant abortion case in decades, a new documentary chronicling the challenges of providing safe and legal abortion care in the South debuts tonight at 10PM EST on PBS.
An urgent, vital examination of Southern abortion clinics – New York Times
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 attempt to justify each individual regulation as an effort to “protect women,” in reality, these restrictions are designed to work cumulatively by incrementally building obstacles that target low-income women and women of color.
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.
Here in Pennsylvania, the General Assembly recently re-introduced a bizarre double abortion ban that would criminalize almost all abortion by any method after 19 weeks’ gestation, with no exceptions for rape, incest or fetal anomaly, and also force doctors to abandon some patients experiencing sudden, severe fetal complications by banning a procedure known as a D&E.
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