On May 26th, Melwood Screening Room will team up with Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Women’s Law Project, Pittsburgh Pro-Choice Escorts and New Voices Pittsburgh to present Trapped, a documentary about the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), director Dawn Porter‘s film follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
The Trapped screening event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at the PPWP website.