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April 2, 2013

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"Why the Response to a Philadelphia Abortion Doctor's Ongoing Murder Trial Gets It All Wrong," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress": Philadelphia physician Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murder for the "illegal techniques that he and his staff used to perform late-term abortions for desperate, low-income women," Culp-Ressler writes, noting that abortion-rights opponents cited the case in pushing through tighter regulations on Pennsylvania abortion clinics. The Pennsylvania law is part of a larger effort by abortion-rights opponents across several states -- including Indiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia -- "to force abortion clinics to adhere to unnecessary new regulations in the name of 'ensuring women's safety.'" However, the measures -- known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP, bills -- "will actually limit women's options instead of keeping them safe," by forcing safe, legitimate clinics to close (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 3/29).

What others are saying about TRAP laws:

~ "Alabama Legislature Launches All Out Attack on Reproductive Health," Vicki Saporta, National Abortion Federation's "Saporta Reporter."