Award-winning abortion documentary screening in Bangor tonight

Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Maine’s only independent feminist health center and Bangor’s local abortion provider is presenting Trapped, an award-winning documentary film about the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. A panel discussion will follow the film.

Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, reproductive health centers across the U.S. have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), Trapped follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines.

The film is being presented in collaboration with River City Cinema at COESPACE in Bangor. Tickets to the screening are $10. Doors open at 6:30 and the film begins at 7pm with proceeds to benefit Mabel Wadsworth Center.

Following the film, Andrea Irwin, Executive Director of Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center and Julia McDonald, DO of the Family Medicine Institute in Augusta will discuss the themes of the documentary and access to women’s health care in Maine

“While the film’s focus is the human impact of these restrictions on women in the South, especially for women living in poverty and women of color, these restrictions harm everyone,” said Irwin. “Just last year, the Maine Legislature narrowly defeated a bill that would have imposed similar restrictions on providers like us. Moreover, the Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health will have a major impact on an entire generation of women who have come of age with the right to abortion solidly intact. Our reproductive rights are gravely at risk.”

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