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3/3/2014 (1 year ago)

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Surprise inspections are permissible in fast food establishments, supporters argue

A new piece of legislation, House Bill 2284, is sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria). The bill would give Arizona the authorization for surprise inspections of the state's nine official abortion clinics. Lesko says that her bill actually protects women and that abortion clinics are the only medical facilities in Arizona that state regulators need a warrant to inspect.

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria) on her abortion clinic inspection advised her opponents, 'I would encourage your friends at Planned Parenthood not to sue.'

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria) on her abortion clinic inspection advised her opponents, "I would encourage your friends at Planned Parenthood not to sue."


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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3/3/2014 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: Abortion, Arizona, surprise inspections, bill

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I mean, for goodness' sake, we even do unannounced inspections of Burger King and McDonald's, but we're not allowing them at abortion clinics?" Lesko asked.
The bill arrives the day after Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays based on their religious beliefs. Arizona House Republicans are closer to passing the bill regarding abortion clinics.

Legislators gave initial approval to House Bill 2284 on last week. The bill eliminates a requirement that the Department of Health Services obtain an administrative warrant to conduct unscheduled inspections at the state's nine licensed abortion clinics. Lesko maintains that the bill aims to protect women from clinics that are not up to standards.

The Department of Health Services has received five complaints concerning abortion clinic safety in the last three years, a spokeswoman said. The department has sought and obtained an administrative search warrant for only one of those.

Democrats have opposed the bill, declaring it unconstitutional and that it infringes on women's privacy. The House debated the issue for several hours before giving initial approval.

Opponents also say abortion clinics have special protections in place because of past violent incidents involving protesters - they also say that abortion clinics go through the same inspection process as other providers with scheduled inspections.

"When it comes to women's health and the choices they make with their body, it's important that be protected in our state. This bill undermines some of those potential protections and women's privacy," Rep. Eric Meyer (D-Paradise Valley) says. "A similar bill was already found to be unconstitutional."

Democrats also said the bill, if passed, would be challenged in courts and would be costly to taxpayers.

"I would encourage your friends at Planned Parenthood not to sue," Lesko said.


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