July 2018

Reproductive Rights in the Era of Trump

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A Look Back and a Peek Forward Sybil Shainwald, Esq. The Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 136 S. Ct. 2292 (2016), decided in June of last year, was a significant victory for reproductive rights. That decision was also the death knell for the so-called “TRAP” laws (short for “targeted regulation of abortion providers”). For example, Texas had passed sweeping legislation which required, among other things: (1) doctors who provide abortion services to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals no farther than 30 miles away from the clinic1; and (2) every health care facility offering abortion care [...]