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Snap inspections are approved for abortion clinics

Apr 10, 2014

Arizona Republic

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy or Cathi Harrod as I have been calling her Screw the Constitution, Jesus the Lord is our true master!!!! Well at least that's how the elected officials who passed this silly law feel.

And for the record, this religious law is one of those passed by Cathi Herrod and here Center for Arizona Policy.


Snap inspections are approved for abortion clinics

Bob Christie, Associated Press 11:15 p.m. MST April 9, 2014

PHOENIX – A bill allowing surprise inspections of abortion clinics without a search warrant was approved Wednesday by the Arizona Senate.

House Bill 2284 was previously passed by the House, meaning it will now go to Gov. Jan Brewer for consideration.

The Senate approved the bill 17-13 along party lines.

Litigation is likely if the bill becomes law because requiring warrants for such searches is part of a 2010 lawsuit settlement.

Majority Republicans said the change is needed to ensure abortion clinics can be inspected without delays.

Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, said abortion clinics are the only health-care institutions in the state that are not subject to unannounced inspections.

Democrats countered that removing the warrant requirement would open clinics to harassment by unfriendly regulators and could subject the state to even more lawsuits over its abortion rules. Democrats also say the bill is unnecessary, since only one warrant has been issued in the past four years.

"This bill is nothing more than a solution in search of a problem," said Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix.

The warrant requirement was put in place as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed over a 2004 state law. The deal came after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that snap inspections at the clinics violate women's privacy.

The one warrant sought since then by the state Department of Health Services came two months ago, days before HB 2284 had its first hearing.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has questioned the timing of the warrant, which was based on its own report of a surgical complication a year ago.

The state health-services agency denies there is any link between the legislation and the search.

An initial report found issues with some staff licenses and patient care, but Planned Parenthood said it has either provided the needed paperwork or disputes the findings.

The inspection bill is being pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative group that wrote a vetoed religious-freedom bill that angered gays and the business community.

Republicans have passed a series of laws targeting abortion in recent years, and Brewer has signed them all.

However, bans on Medicaid money for Planned Parenthood non-abortion services and on abortions after 20 weeks have been blocked by federal courts. And new rules that limit the use of the most common abortion drug are on a court-ordered hold.