Want to see TRAPPED? Here are all of the screening dates and locations in Texas.

Consistently rated as one of the best documentaries to come out this year, Trapped  sets aside abortion stigma and shows viewers how abortion providers truly are: brave, compassionate medical professionals who bring abortion care to communities that need it most, often in the face of state legislatures and lawmakers that want to see them shut down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY9b2Lcmh5k

Trapped has started screening across Texas this month. Here are all of the dates and locations where you can go see it:

San Antonio
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 PM
Organized by NOW (National Organization for Women) and Medical Students for Choice
Tickets and RSVP

Houston
Hilton University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center
Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00 PM
Organized by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and UH WGRC
A panel after the film will include Ana Rodriguez from The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, reproductive justice activist Eesha Pandit, and Director of Marketing and PR for Whole Woman’s Health Fatimah Gifford.
Tickets and RSVP

Austin
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 PM
Organized by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and The Lilith Fund
A panel after the film will include Marva Sadler of Whole Woman’s Health (also featured in the film), Ana Rodriguez of Lilith Fund, and a representative of Bridge Collective.
Tickets and RSVP

El Paso
UTEP Union Cinema
Saturday, April 23 at 6:30 PM
Organized by West Fund and URGE
The screening will feature a panel afterwards of activists and clinic staff who will discuss the film and the impact of TRAP laws, including HB2, on the people of Texas.
Tickets and RSVP

McAllen
Cine El Ray
Thursday, April 28 at 6 PM
Organized by Feministxs Unidxs, The Progressive Young Democrats at UTRGV, UTRGV’s Texas Freedom Network, and UTRGV’s URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Tickets and RSVP

Austin
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 PM
Organized by The Lilith Fund and Fund Texas Choice
A panel discussion will happen before the film screens.
Tickets and RSVP

More dates will be added in the coming weeks! Did we miss a screening date? Send us an email at [email protected].

What you need to know about the Fight Back Texas Truth Tour

Since the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2 in 2013, abortion clinics across the state have been forced to close because of the law’s needless restrictions, taking away access for so many Texans who need abortion care. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that challenges the law, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Leading up to this hearing, we’re reaching out to all Texans in our Fight Back Texas Truth Tour.TruthTour_SocialTemplate1 We pledge to give people the resources to tell their own stories and to voice their own support for access to abortion, support local clinics and abortion funds, and register people to VOTE for leaders that share their values. Whole Woman’s Health, Shift., NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Texas Research Institute, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, ACLU of Texas and URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity are teaming up to spread the word across Texas that abortion is still legal and that we’re fighting harder than ever keep it safe and accessible.

Find a Truth Tour stop in your area:

College Station: Friday, February 5

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Houston: Saturday, February 6

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San Antonio: Tuesday, February 9

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McAllen: Wednesday, February 10

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El Paso: Friday, February 12

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San Antonio City Council passes an anti-choice TRAP law

This has been crossposted from an article on Burnt Orange Report written by our Development Coordinator, Genevieve Cato. 

Last week, the San Antonio City Council approved an amendment targeted at facilities providing abortions, the San Antonio Express News reported. The amendment, supported by anti-choice activists and brought by Councilman Mike Gallagher, uses zoning restrictions to place yet another burden on facilities providing abortions in the city.

Gallagher, Mayor Ivy Taylor, and Councilmembers Alan Warrick, Rebecca Viagran, Ray Lopez, Cris Medina and Joe Krier supported the amendment, leading to its passage. Councilmembers Roberto Treviño, Rey Saldaña, Shirley Gonzales and Ron Nirenberg opposed the measure.

Specifically, the amendment created restrictions on where ambulatory surgical centers, or ASC’s, can be built. Under House Bill 2, the omnibus abortion bill passed in 2013, all facilities that provide abortion services must meet the standards of an ASC in order to remain in operation once the bill is fully implemented. By restricting zoning laws regarding ASC’s, the Council effectively targeted any future abortion providers in the city.

San Antonio’s Unified Development Code, which governs zoning – what kinds of businesses can be built in which areas – does not explicitly mention ASC’s, the San Antonio Express News reported. Under current zoning rules, facilities providing abortions have been built in areas classified for differing levels of commercial use: C-1, C-2, and C-3. The new amendment would prohibit an ASC from being built in a C-1 area without permission from the Zoning Committee and the City Council, both of which will then have to vote on each individual case.

Supporters of the amendment were transparent in their motivations for the move, according to the Express News’ coverage. A new Planned Parenthood facility was recently built in an area zoned as C-1 on Babcock Road, near a residential area. For some proponents of the new zoning rule, the City Council’s amendment was not worded clearly enough. They would have preferred the rules to explicitly mention “abortion facilities” instead of ASCs more broadly.

There are three clinics in San Antonio that currently offer abortion services. Of these three, only the Planned Parenthood facility on Babcock Road was built in a C-1 area. The other two clinics, Alamo Women’s Clinic and Whole Woman’s Health, occupy space in areas designated C-2 and C-3, respectively.

While the amendment was targeted at the Planned Parenthood clinic, it is not retroactive and will not impact that clinic’s ability to provide abortion services to the community.

This move by the San Antonio City Council matters both because it is a local initiative to increase targeted restrictions against abortion providers (commonly referred to as “TRAP laws”) and also because of San Antonio’s strategic importance in maintaining access to abortion for those whose local clinics have closed in the aftermath of House Bill 2. For many living along the border, the clinics in San Antonio are their closest options.

Should the law be fully implemented as passed (which rests with the Supreme Court as it prepares to consider the case challenging certain provisions in the law this spring), the number of clinics providing abortion services could drop below ten in the entire state. In order to increase access, any new clinics would have to built as ASC’s. The Councilmembers who voted for this amendment, including Mayor Ivy Taylor, have set a precedent with potentially disastrous impact on the future of abortion access in Texas.

Though San Antonio, and those communities along the border that rely on its clinics, may have three facilities that will survive the implementation of the bill, the passage of similar laws in other municipalities without such facilities could severely restrict the capacity of providers to expand back into areas that have little to no access today.