Trapped & Woodhull Freedom Foundation

August 31, 2017

AndACTION joined forces with the Woodhull Freedom Foundation to host a screening of the documentary film “Trapped.” The screening was followed by a Q&A discussion panel to educate attendees of Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit about the history of laws restricting abortion access and the ongoing challenges faced by abortion providers.

About the Film:

“Trapped” is a Peabody Award-winning feature-length documentary from director Dawn Porter that follows clinic workers and lawyers on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. The film also won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Strategic Aims:

Spotlight a problem: Nearly 300 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures since 2010. These laws are far-reaching and medically unnecessary, and have forced many abortion providers to close because they can’t afford to comply. “Trapped” chronicles the advocates who took their fight against TRAP laws to the courts — and won — in a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court landmark ruling (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt) that reaffirms a woman’s constitutional right to access legal abortion.

WHAT WE DID:

Activity:

AndACTION presented a free screening of “Trapped” during the 2017 Sexual Freedom Summit hosted by the Woodhull Freedom Foundation. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Dr. Willie Parker, a physician and abortion provider who was featured in the film and recently released an autobiography, “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice”. During the panel discussion, Dr. Parker explained what advocates are doing now — and must do moving forward — to continue pushing back against the anti-choice agenda.

Background:

The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to education and public advocacy in support of the principle that consensual sexual expression is a fundamental human right. The Foundation works in partnership with activists, advocacy organizations and coalitions across the United States fighting the political, social and economic forces driving and expanding sexual repression.

Results:

The private “Trapped” screening and Q&A panel discussion of the current state of sexual and reproductive rights were presented to a sold-out crowd of 75 conference attendees. In addition to connecting the film’s storylines with the current fight for abortion rights, Dr. Willie Parker sold copies of his new book, which chronicles his career providing reproductive health services for women in the South, often in places where no one else would.

Thanks to our generous donors, AndACTION is able to help philanthropic, nonprofit and other social good organizations arrange film screenings like the one described above. For more information and support, please email us at info@andaction.org.

“Trapped” originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played in theaters in 2016. But its 2017 Peabody Award win provided an opportunity to build renewed interest in the film, whose narrative about protecting abortion rights is as timely and important as ever.