PR Collaborative joins Trapped at the Supreme Court for the rally to #StopTheSham

Today, PR Collaborative joined hundreds of activists demonstrating at the Supreme Court as oral arguments were heard in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a critical case dealing with abortion rights and access. We were there in support of the documentary Trapped, which follows the efforts of clinic workers and lawyers to keep abortion safe, affordable, legal, and accessible for millions of American women. 

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate rallied in front of the Supreme Court while oral arguments in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt were being heard. (March 2, 2016)

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate rallied in front of the Supreme Court while oral arguments in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt were being heard. (March 2, 2016)

The documentary Trapped takes its name from so-called “TRAP” laws, or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, that impose onerous regulations to facility construction, physician licensing, and staffing requirements. Following its premier at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Trapped won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking

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Trapped closely examines the impact of TRAP laws on abortion clinics, providers, and patients in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. At the heart of today’s Supreme Court case is one central question: do regulations created by Texas Omnibus Abortion Bill (often referred to as HB2) pose an “undue burden” on a woman’s Constitutional right to an abortion?

As SCOTUSblog explained, “Two provisions of H.B. 2 are now before the Court. One requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than thirty miles from the clinic, while the second requires abortion clinics to have facilities equal to an outpatient surgical center.” If the Supreme Court decides that these provisions pose a “substantial obstacle” to women seeking an abortion, they will be struck down. 

From right, PR Collaborative's Gabrielle Flamand, Renee Tsao, Jamie Shor, and Kate Reutersward on Capitol Hill with Trapped director Dawn Porter and Gloria Gray, owner and director of the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa. 

From right, PR Collaborative's Gabrielle Flamand, Renee Tsao, Jamie Shor, and Kate Reutersward on Capitol Hill with Trapped director Dawn Porter and Gloria Gray, owner and director of the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa. 

Trapped opens in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC on March 4, and will be opening in other cities across the country throughout March (see a complete list of screenings here). In DC, you can see Trapped at the E St Cinema (buy tickets here).

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