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TRAP laws, or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, are laws that require women’s health centers to follow regulations that other, similar outpatient medical facilities do not. These laws limit women’s access to abortions, by either forcing some centers to close because they cannot meet the new requirements, or by driving up the cost of abortion procedures so much that some women can no longer afford them.
There are three main types of TRAP laws:
Virginia's TRAP Law, signed by Governor McDonnell in March 2011, is Senate Bill 924. There are no legitimate medical purposes for singling out abortion providers. Regulating abortion differently than other outpatient procedures that are safely provided in non-hospital medical facilities is playing politics with women’s health and safety.
Laws that target only abortion providers (TRAP laws) have nothing to do with the safe delivery of services for women and everything to do with legislators’ efforts to restrict access to reproductive healthcare.
Unnecessary and burdensome regulations could limit the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion in multiple locations throughout the state by forcing women’s health centers to close. Early abortion care is already difficult to access in the Commonwealth, with 86% of Virginia’s counties lacking any abortion providers.
Many abortion providers in Virginia offer an array of reproductive healthcare services to women as well as men. Overregulation would limit access to a wide range of preventive reproductive healthcare services including life-saving cancer screenings, family planning and STI testing and treatment,as well as early abortion.[an error occurred while processing this directive]