As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), a new documentary, Trapped, follows 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. The movie premieres April 25 as part of the Big Sky Film Festival in Montana.
Trapped is a feature-length documentary from director Dawn Porter, whose previous work includes Gideon’s Army — the Emmy and Independent Spirit Award-nominated film about public defenders in the Deep South — and Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper.
The 90-minute film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2016.
U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts.