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TRAPPED Debuts June 20th on PBS!


Director Dawn Porter is a woman with purpose. Through her documentary “TRAPPED,” Porter seeks to capture the frustration and the struggles that medical providers go through every day to provide safe, legal abortion in the South.

“TRAPPED” tells this important story of the abortion debate through the eyes of the medical professionals who provide legal and safe abortions for their patients. The film poignantly captures how Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws have adversely affected the work and lives of abortion providers and the patients they serve. Hurtful laws that offer no safety benefits, such as requiring admitting privileges or like imposing facilities regulations, have more than doubled since 2000 in an effort to limit women’s access to abortion - that's why it's absolutely key to educate ourselves about what these laws mean, and to stand strong against the harm they cause by impeding access to safe, vital medical care!

The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Now it’s being shown nationwide on PBS’ “Independent Lens” at 7 p.m., June 20 (PDT). Make sure to check your local listings.

"TRAPPED" features interviews with clinic directors and doctors in Mississippi, Alabama and Texas – many of whom are forced to follow these unnecessary laws, which prevent them from being able to fully provide services to their patients in need.

This is not a movie about the protestors outside. It’s a powerful look at the dedicated medical professionals trying to provide care under the most difficult circumstances. According to The New York Times, “‘Trapped’ is not a balanced analysis of the abortion debate; it makes its sympathies clear.”

The Chicago Tribune calls “TRAPPED” “lucid and illuminating about the issue of abortion as a constitutional right.”

Several Planned Parenthood affiliates in California are planning TRAPPED “screenings.” Check with your local affiliate for an event in your area.

  • Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will be hosting a screening on Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz with a suggested donation of $5-$20. Click here for the local listing.

Screenings held by other organizations:

  • Women's Health Specialists, The Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance, and The League of Women Voters will be hosting a screening on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Clunie Community Center in Sacramento. Click here to register for the event. View the event flyer here.
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