THIS SCREENING IS PART OF THE JUSTICE FORUM SERIES AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION.
When State Senator Wendy Davis took to the floor of the Texas legislature and filibustered for 11 hours straight, the moment grabbed media attention around the globe. Davis’s impassioned stand on the right of women to safe and legal healthcare was part of a much larger struggle. In Texas, the doctors and nurses who provide family planning services, everything from pregnancy tests to STI information and access to abortion, face a daily fight, not only from anti-choice protestors who harass staff and abuse patients, but more critically, from their own government. Texas is not the only US state to systematically make it impossible for clinics to operate, but it’s certainly the most infamous. The socalled TRAP laws, which give the film its title, refer to “targeted regulations of abortion providers.” What that really means is that clinics are required under law to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and also require abortions to be performed at specialized surgical centres. The end result is that many clinics are unable to comply and are forced to shut down. Dawn Porter’s incendiary film is in the trenches with the men and women fighting for women’s reproductive rights. Trapped could not be more relevant, as the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt on March 2nd of this year. Not since Roe v. Wade has there been a more critical moment in the fight for freedom of choice. A decision that may well affect the rights of women to a safe and legal abortion is expected in June. -DW
In a film full of heartbreaking moments, the most devastating comes when a clinic worker is forced to turn away a 13-year-old rape victim, who made a four-hour trip to the facility, due to TRAP law complications. As a result, the girl’s been “sentenced to motherhood.” -THE GUARDIAN