Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws are unnecessary and burdensome regulations imposed on abortion providers by lawmakers, often resulting in increased cost in services, clinic closures and the overall scarcity of abortion services. Often enacted by state legislatures under the guise of protecting women's health, TRAP laws take many forms, including requiring abortion providers to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements or have admitting privileges to local hospitals. Many leading medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, oppose these requirements. In 2016 the Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutional right to legal abortion in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt , which specifically addressed the speciousness of TRAP laws.
Proposed Legislation in Louisiana
According to the Center for Reproductive Rights' "Evaluating Priorities" report, states enacted more abortion restrictions in 2011-2013 than were enacted in the entire previous decade under the guise of protecting women's health and welfare.
The attack on abortion access by Louisiana legislators is especially conspicuous. In 2016 alone seven anti-choice bills were signed into law, all of them currently being litigated at the cost of Louisiana taxpayers. The total cost of litigation is hard to determine but, according to the Center of Reproductive Rights, Louisiana has accrued $4.7 million dollars in legals fees during the Center's litigation of the admitting privileges requirement
Undue Burden: Trying to Get an Abortion in Louisiana (New York Times)
Louisiana: The State of Women (Advocate)
When it Comes to Abortion, Money is the Key to Access (Women's Media Center)
Hyde Amendment Fact Sheet (All Above All)