Over the past several years, states have been passing TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws at an alarming rate. We all want women to be safe, of course, but leading medical groups say that these laws do not make women safer. They actually put women at risk by forcing women’s health centers to shut down. And that is, in fact, the real goal of these laws: shutting down clinics and preventing a woman from getting an abortion if she needs one. Though the proponents of these types of laws often push for them under the guise of women’s health, it’s clear that these laws don’t make women safer. Abortion is already extremely safe—99 percent safe, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Furthermore, medical experts and groups like the American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists flatly oppose these types of laws. That is because far from making women safer, they have put women in danger by shutting down clinics and making it more difficult for women to access safe and legal abortion care. 

We have to ask ourselves, if doctors are against these laws, why are politicians still passing them? Because they want to ban abortion.

These types of laws have decimated abortion access in Texas and threaten to close clinics in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, OhioWisconsin, and more.

Additional Resources

TRAP FAQ and Fact Sheet

What is a TRAP regulation? Why are they so dangerous to a woman’s health? Here we provide an overview of TRAP regulations and their implications, and we debunk the myth that these laws make women safer. 

Think Restrictions on Abortion Make Women Safer? Think Again. [Infographic]

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