Resource: Tucson Women’s Clinic v. Eden

By: Center for Reproductive Rights

November 1, 2010

This case challenged a “TRAP” law passed by the Arizona Legislature in 1999. The term “TRAP” stands for “targeted regulation of abortion providers,” and it refers to laws that target the medical practices of doctors who provide abortions, and impose on them burdensome requirements which are different and more stringent than the legal requirements imposed on other medical practices. These laws increase the costs of abortion and hinder physicians from becoming abortion providers. Arizona’s TRAP law requires medical practices that provide abortions to become licensed as health care facilities and to comply with a set of costly and unnecessary regulations.