Hey, want to go see a movie? NARAL Pro-Choice SD, Planned Parenthood SD, and the Augustana Democrats are hosting a one-time showing of the Sundance-honored documentary Trapped tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26) at 6:30 p.m. at the West Mall 7 Cinema in Sioux Falls.
The film focuses on the story of Whole Women’s Health in Texas, which is currently involved in the Supreme Court case of Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt.
The title refers to how state legislatures are trying to trap women in government mandates about their reproductive decisions. It also refers to TRAP policies—Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers—like that imposed in the Hellerstedt case. 24 states have TRAP policies that impose extra licensing requirements and clinic rules that go beyond any real protection of women’s health and safety and are intended to drive abortion providers out of business. TRAP policies are another attempt to evade the constitutional impermissibility of explicit abortion bans.
NARAL Pro-Choice SD issues this statement on why this film matters in our state, which imposes TRAP rules and other restrictions that make it harder for women to get an abortion than almost anywhere else in America:
South Dakota has only one clinic remaining that offers the full range of women’s reproductive health care, and the implications of the court’s decision are crucial to maintaining safe abortion care for women in our state. Each year, our state legislators introduce new legislation for restrictions that continue to strip away abortion rights. This past session, two more bills were signed into law: SB 72, a bill that threatens physicians with felony charges if they perform an abortion past 20 weeks gestation with no exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal viability; and HB 1157, the “informed consent bill,” which requires physicians to provide their patients with medically unproven information. If the Supreme Court makes this decision with a 4-4 ruling, the lower court’s decision stands, which states that bills such as SB 72, HB 1157, and those similar in nature, are legal and do not present an undue burden to women seeking an abortion. There would be no protection for clinics that perform abortion from further legislation that works to erode the 1972 Roe v. Wade ruling, which ruled that abortion is constitutionally legal [NARAL Pro-Choice SD, press release, 2016.04.20].
Admission to this unique showing of Trapped in Sioux Falls is $10, or $5 with a student ID.