TRAPPED

A FILM BY DAWN PORTER

Across America, but particularly in the South, abortion clinics are in a fight for their existence. Since 2010, legislators across America vowing to make their states "abortion free" have introduced hundreds of anti-choice bills. Caught in the political quagmire are millions of women of reproductive age, many of them poor and uninsured. Their only hope? The men and women fighting to fulfill the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.

 

GALLERY

A group of pro-choice protesters gather in New York City.

Anti-choice messages are common in areas where TRAP laws are taking hold. This billboard was photographed in McAllen, Tex.

June Ayers operates the Reproductive Health Services Clinic in Montgomery, Ala. — one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the only remaining abortion clinic left in the entire state of Mississippi. It continues to operate despite ongoing legal challenges.

A nurse at Reproductive Health Services clinic in Montgomery, Ala. comforts a patient.

A small church near Jackson, Miss.

Reproductive Health Services, in Montgomery, Ala.

In 2014, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a controversial state law that required abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to local hospitals.

June Ayers, co-owner of Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Ala. displays blueprints for changes to her clinic that are necessary to adhere to new state guidelines.

Employees at Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen, Tex. Many of the center’s patients are low-income — some travel hundreds of miles to receive services.

For years, Dr. Willie Parker lived and works in Chicago, Ill. but traveled to Alabama and Mississippi to help reproductive health clinics that couldn't have existed without him.

Employees at Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen, Tex. 42% of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level.

89% of all U.S. counties lacked an abortion clinic in 2011; 38% of women live in those counties.

Stephanie Toti, Attorney, Center For Reproductive Rights, New York City. Currently, 44 states have measures subjecting abortion providers to restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals.

46% of abortion providers offer very early abortions (before the first missed period) and 95% offer abortion at eight weeks from the last menstrual period.

84% of clinics experienced at least one form of anti-abortion harassment in 2011. Picketing is the most common form of harassment clinics face.

Planned Parenthood is a major voice in the pro-choice movement. Each year, the organization reaches more than 5 million people worldwide through its health care and education services.

Dr. Willie Parker is a pro-choice advocate. In 2013, he received the George Tiller, MD, Award by Physicians for Reproductive Health.

Pro-Choice supporters gather on the steps of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, La.

Moral Monday marchers protest anti-choice laws in Raleigh, N.C.

Supporters gather outside of Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Miss.