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Sundance documentary releases provocative poster about abortion rights

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Trapped: New documentary focuses on threats to reproductive rights in America

The new documentary, Trapped, highlights the TRAP laws that are limiting access to abortions in some states. We're sharing the poster with our readers before the film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. 

Trapped is a powerful new documentary that focuses on TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) and clinics that struggle to comply with them. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case surrounding these controversial laws in March and could have an impact on Roe v. Wade, the ruling that made abortion in America legal in 1973.
TRAP regulations, particularly in the Southern states, make it incredibly difficult for clinics to keep their doors open by making doctors who perform abortions jump through unnecessary regulatory hoops, such as requiring doctors to obtain admitting privileges to local hospitals or widening hallways. The TRAP laws have seriously diminished access to abortion. In Mississippi, just one abortion clinic remains open.

Film director, Dawn Porter, describes her documentary this way, "Trapped interweaves the personal stories behind these regulatory battles: from the physician who crisscrosses the country assuring medical services are available; to the strong women and men who run the clinics; to the lawyers leading the legal charge to eliminate these laws; to the women they are all determined to help. In this feature length character driven film, our main characters fight alongside a dedicated cadre of attorneys to preserve abortion rights in a country living with the mistaken belief that Roe v. Wade still protects a woman's right to choose."

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The poster for the film shows the image of the U.S. Capitol building inside a woman's body, suggesting that the government is trying to control and regulate our bodies.

Trapped premieres Jan. 24 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Trapped: New documentary focuses on threats to reproductive rights in America

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