Arizona panel approves surprise inspections of abortion centers


A welcome development is breaking out of Arizona. An Arizona House panel has voted to advance a bill which would allow surprise inspections of the state’s nine abortion clinics.

The Reform and Human Services Committee approved House Bill 2284 by Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko of Peoria on a 5-3 party-line vote Thursday.

The bill backed by the anti-abortion group Center for Arizona Policy 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.

The bill is opposed by Democrats and Planned Parenthood of Arizona.

It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood opposes the bill. Gosnell’s clinic was hardly an aberration, as abortion clinics all over the country are repeatedly found to be operating in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. It’s why so many states pass so-called “TRAP” laws, to force abortionists to kill unborn children in a safe, sterile environment.

Also, as Lesko pointed out, every other Arizona medical facility is subjected to surprise inspections. Why should abortion clinics be the lone exception? If abortionists are truly in it to help women and are legitimate physicians who want to be respected and trusted, then perhaps the abortion advocates out there should ask themselves why abortionists constantly fight to keep from being held to the same standards that all other doctors are held to.

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