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‘Trapped’ Takes On Anti-Choice Legislation

'Trapped' Takes On Anti-Choice Legislation

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Tweetable Logline: Dawn Porter’s new documentary takes aim at legislation that limits reproduction rights.

Elevator Pitch: 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 known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or “TRAP” laws. Caught in the middle of this political posturing are millions of women of reproductive age, many of them poor and uninsured. “TRAPPED” is a new documentary film by Sundance filmmaker Dawn Porter that is exposing the personal stories and ideological fights behind this wave of anti-choice legislation.

Production Team: 
Dawn Porter, Director
Marilyn Ness, Producer
Summer Damon, Co-Producer
Sara Gilman, Editor
Matt Cowan, Assistant Editor
Amanda Goscinski, Associate Producer
Nadja Thomas, Production Assistant

About the film: Thirty percent of American women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Nearly half of these women live at or below the federal poverty line, and they’re four times more likely to be women of color. Statistics like these are why I’m making “TRAPPED.” My film examines the political fight and human stories of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers — or “TRAP laws” — that are now in place in more than half of the country. These regulations limit or eliminate access to reproductive healthcare services and disproportionately affect poor women and women of color.

Current status: Fundraising for finishing funds.

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