“TRAP” (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws single out the medical practices of doctors who provide abortions and impose on them requirements that are different and more burdensome than those imposed on other medical practices. (http://www.reproductiverights.org/project/targeted-regulation-of-abortion-providers-trap)
So now that you know what they are, why does it matter? Why should you care?
I’ll tell you why.
Because in several states across the US, most notably Texas, this type of legislation is trying to get passed, which will force clinics medical professionals who offer abortion services to have to adapt to these harsh laws, or they will be severely punished. This can result in these places closing, with those in need having nowhere else to turn.
By having these TRAP laws put in place, having a safe place or a less expensive option for those in need will no longer be available, putting the people in different, even life-threatening situations.
For many, clinics such as Planned Parenthood are the only medical care that some are able to receive.
The proponents of these laws insist that they are “trying to protect women’s health.”
But would you feel safe if the one place you could go to wasn’t able to help you because of these laws?
I know I wouldn’t.