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TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of women across the United States.

Director: Dawn Porter
Year: 2016
Time: 90 mins

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Donate to the TRAPPED campaign, as the filmmakers work to bring their film to as many communities as possible in order to educate Americans on what is currently very much at risk in their own country.

Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The TRAPPED film website offers a number of ready-made tweets and social media entries you can copy and paste. Keep the word alive!

Share the film with your community. Regardless of how liberal abortion laws are in your society, take the time to reflect on how much has been done and how much is left to be done – locally and internationally.

Watch VESSEL, another film addressing the extent women fight in order to receive help in ending an unwanted pregnancy in countries where abortion is illegal.

Related Articles and Resources

Abortion’s Racial Gap

“Even as the U.S. abortion rate is at its lowest since Roe v. Wade, women of color are five times as likely to terminate a pregnancy as their white counterparts. Why?”

Read the full story on the Atlantic.

Abortion Rights & Shame in the Black Community

“I was reading the paper and I read that there was one abortion clinic in the entire state of Mississippi, and my jaw dropped.”

Read the full interview with filmmaker Dawn Porter on Shadow and Act.

Center for Reproductive Rights

Featured in the film, the Center for Reproductive Rights fights to keep the power of individual decision-making in the hands of the individual.

Q&A with Willie Parker

Watch the interview with physician Willie Parker on Youtube

Reproductive Justice: A Different Horizon

“I’m a physician who’s a Christian who does abortions… Many people can’t put those identities that I hold together.”

Watch Will Parker’s TED TALK.

The Surprising History Of Abortion in The United States

“There was a time when abortion was simply part of life in the United States. People didn’t scream about it in protest, and services were marketed openly.”

Continue reading on CNN.

TRAP Laws Are Dangerously Chipping Away at Abortion Access Under the Guise of ‘Women’s Health’

Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws are severe, medically unnecessary, and often pushed by anti-abortion politicians under the guise of “women’s health” when their real aim is to shut down abortion providers.

Find out more on the website for Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers

Find out more about TRAP laws in the United States

If Abortion Rights Fall, LGBT Rights are Next

What is at stake is more than LGBT rights or abortion rights. It’s our right under the Constitution to decide who we are and to make the most intimate and personal decisions in our life without government interference — and to do so with dignity.”

Continue reading on the Washington Post.

Abortion Laws Around the World: From Bans to Personal Choice

Abortion laws vary dramatically around the world — in some countries it’s a personal choice, in others it’s flatly illegal, and in many countries abortions are only accepted in certain situations such as fetal impairment or in cases of rape.

Learn more about abortion laws around the world on CNN.


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