Antichoice movement leaders unable to ban abortion using lawsuits, intimidation, or, in some cases, violence have now turned to a strategy of seeking to regulate abortion providers out of existence, achieving indirectly what they couldn’t accomplish directly, particularly with respect to first-trimester abortions, which enjoy the greatest protection under Roe v. Wade.  TRAP laws are one of the regulatory initiatives the purpose of which is to eliminate all access to legal abortions by making it physically or economically impossible for doctors and clinics to provide these services.

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