The State of the States: Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers in 2013


Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers in 2013

Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Attempts to impose burdensome and medically inappropriate requirements on abortion providers, making it more difficult for women to exercise their constitutional right to choose abortion, are frequently referred to as targeted regulations of abortion providers, or TRAP laws. These types of laws make the delivery of health care services prohibitively expensive and place unnecessary restrictions on the qualifications of providers who perform abortions, in an attempt to prevent them from being able to provide abortion care.

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The Impact of Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers

Reproductive health care services are among the safest and mostly commonly sought forms of care in the United States. Health centers that specialize in reproductive care are already among the most rigorously regulated and scrutinized health care providers. TRAP laws differ from warranted safety guidelines and regulations because they are explicitly devised as political tools to deter abortion providers from practicing abortion care, to make abortions more costly for women, and to force abortion clinics to close their doors.

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Draw The Line

In 2012, the Center launched the Draw the Line campaign with the express purpose of putting the rampant attacks on women’s reproductive health care—like those described above—on the entire nation’s radar. Nearly 300,000 people have signed the Bill of Reproductive Rights at, sending politicians a loud and clear message that reproductive rights are fundamental human rights, and must be protected from extremist politicians. Visit to add your voice.

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