A COMPARISON OF ABORTION LAWS AND OFFICE-BASED SURGERY LAWS. (THE POLICY SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM)
Reproductive health researchers have created a new tool to see how abortion laws stack up against policies that govern other office-based medical procedures, like cosmetic surgery. It’s part of new research into TRAP laws — Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers — like those that require rooms in offices where abortions are provided to be a specific size. Past studies have shown TRAP laws can restrict access to abortion but often don’t improve patient care. The researchers found TRAP laws were far more prevalent and far more stringent than laws governing other office-based surgeries. And unlike those laws, many TRAP laws apply to all procedures regardless of whether sedation is used, meaning they also apply to facilities that only provide medication abortions.
(Excerpted from STAT 2/26/18)