WHAT ARE TRAP LAWS?
TRAP stands for Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Unlike abortion waiting periods and mandatory counseling laws, which are imposed on pregnant people seeking abortion services, TRAP laws are regulations imposed on abortion providers and clinics. TRAP laws can force clinics to undergo unnecessary and costly facility renovations or impose staffing requirements that are cost-prohibitive or ultimately unfeasible. For example, some of these invasive laws require physicians to gain admitting privileges at a local hospital, which can be impossible to do and is medically unnecessary.
These laws are being passed rapidly across state legislatures, making it more costly and difficult for pregnant people to receive abortion services. A sneaky way for anti-choice politicians to end legal abortion, TRAP laws are passed under the guise of making abortion more safe for women, when in reality, they cut off access to safe clinics by forcing them to close. Leading medical groups such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists publicly oppose TRAP laws, stating that these laws jeopardize women’s health.
In 2016, the Supreme Court will determine whether or not TRAP laws violate the Constitution by creating unnecessary barriers to safe and legal abortion.