Watch LPJ League’s Tour of “Darbi’s Dream Clinic”

Lady Parts Justice League has spent February launching videos to highlight the problems with TRAP laws. One of the highlights of the video series is our latest offering, “Darbi’s Dream Clinic.”

If you’ve been living in a cave without wi-fi access (a rarity in many caves), TRAP stands for Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. TRAP laws exist in many states as a way to shut down abortion providers by loading them down with intentionally burdensome rules and regulations.

Some of the TRAP laws referred to in the video include laws that require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital — often impossible if that is a Catholic hospital. In fact, most hospitals won’t grant admitting privileges to abortion providers because complications requiring hospitalization are almost unheard of in most abortion procedures. It’s an intentionally designed catch-22.

The video’s reference to four pages of regulations about janitor closets at abortion clinics is also a real example of the often absurd rules applied at clinics. Kansas requires each procedure room to have its own 50 square foot janitorial closet. South Carolina has laws that dictate what type of vegetation clinics can have for lawns and landscaping.

In 2013, then-Texas state Senator Wendy Davis legendarily filibustered Texas TRAP laws for 13 hours. Those TRAP laws were later passed, but now they’re being challenged before the Supreme Court. On March 2nd, the Court will hear arguments in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, the most important abortion case in the past quarter century. Unfortunately, the lower court decision upheld the TRAP laws, so if the Scalia-less SCOTUS deadlocks 4–4, the outlook for clinics in Texas is still dire.

The efforts of Wendy Davis for reproductive freedom earned her the sobriquet “Abortion Barbie.” Our new video, “Darbi’s Dream Clinic,” pays homage to that nome-de-filibuster. Check it out and visit our TRAP laws page to learn more!

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