One way states regulate abortions is to impose legal requirements on health care facilities in which abortions are performed. These legal requirements, known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws, apply specifically to abortion providers and mandate additional requirements not applied to other similarly situated health care practices. TRAP laws may address various aspects of facilities’ physical environment and operations (e.g., staffing, required practices, hospital transfer arrangements). This website contains interactive datasets for three different types of TRAP laws:
Abortion Facility Licensing (AFL) Requirements: The AFL dataset is limited to laws requiring that facilities in which abortions are performed be regulated under a distinct abortion facility licensing provision.
Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Requirements: The ASC dataset is limited to laws requiring facilities in which abortions are performed to be licensed ASCs and meet regulations governing ASCs.
Hospitalization Requirements (HR): The HR dataset is limited to laws requiring facilities in which abortions are performed to be licensed hospitals.
This page identifies variation in states that have AFL requirements in effect as of August 1, 2016. Read more about AFL requirements here.
NAVIGATING THE DATA
There are two ways to navigate the data using the interactive map, (1) by selecting a state from the map or, (2) by selecting criteria that detail the characteristics of the laws.
Below is an explanation of interactive symbols that appear in the table once you select an option above: