In conjunction with the broadcast premiere of TRAPPED, we’ve created a page of resources where visitors can learn more about the often contentious, complicated issues surrounding the regulation of reproductive health clinics. This reading list includes additional viewpoints on the subject, as well as information from both sides of the litigation in the Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt case , which is discussed at length in the documentary. The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in this case in March 2016 and decision is expected in June 2016.
These organizations and links don’t necessarily reflect the views of Independent Lens, ITVS, PBS, or CPB. The information is provided to offer different perspectives on this subject and give context beyond the film.
Key players in and background about the so-called TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws mentioned in the film.
Congressional Research Service
Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick on Texas’ defense of HB2 before the Supreme Court:
Whole Woman’s Health, a group of reproductive health clinics that operates eight locations in five states, including several in Texas.
Texas Department of State Health Services (John Hellerstedt, Commissioner)
Alabama Dept. of Public Health
Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt: Oral Arguments
SCOTUSBlog on Whole Woman’s Health vs Hellerstedt
Texas Bill HB2
Texas Abortion Law Timeline (via Austin Statesman newspaper)
Mandatory Waiting Periods for Women Seeking Abortions
Abortion in the United States by State
Texas Right to Life
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Planned Parenthood | Official Site
Whole Woman’s Health
Resources | Center for Reproductive Rights
The Justice Foundation (Anti-Abortion Group)
Alabama Senate passes bill to ban abortion clinics near schools (From Alabama’s AL.com)
US statehouses proposed 400 bills to restrict abortion access this year, study shows (From the Independent UK)
Half of Texas Women Face Barriers to Reproductive Health (from Texas Tribune)
Arizona Gov. Ducey Signs 3 Abortion Bills into Law (from Arizona Republic)