New Restrictions on Abortion Make Women Less Safe
Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws implement abortion restrictions to under the false guise of women's health, but are actually making women less safe. These laws set impossible standards for clinics that put them in danger of closing. These laws abolish a constitutional right, making it harder for women to make their own decisions about their bodies.
The recent law passed in Oklahoma that would have subjected doctors there to a felony charge for performing an abortion is a disturbing reminder that the attack on abortion access and reproductive justice remains relentless. Even a small swing in the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court could undo a constitutional right now more than four decades old and supported by more than 2 in 3 Americans.
TRAP laws are designed to force clinics to shutter. By requiring abortion providers to meet impossible standards, like widening their hallways, expanding their closets, installing new air filtration systems and applying for unnecessary licenses, clinics are left with no choice but to close.
To achieve greater gender and racial equity, all women need to be able to make decisions for ourselves and our families about having children. Family planning and the timing of childbirth often have enormous consequences for women’s economic opportunity and security. To take care of ourselves and our families, women in Oklahoma, North Carolina or every other state need to control these deeply personal decisions ourselves without disingenuous interference from politicians.