Many state laws single out abortion facilities for targeted regulations, which are often referred to as “targeted regulation of abortion provider” or TRAP laws. TRAP laws subject abortion-providing facilities to more numerous and more stringent requirements than laws that more generally regulate the provision of other medical procedures, surgeries, or sedation use. Examples of TRAP laws include those requiring abortions to be performed in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.
In collaboration with researchers at other universities and research groups, we conducted studies related to the impacts of TRAP laws on different elements of patient safety and experience. This issue brief summarizes this body of research.