Arizona House OKs abortion clinic inspection bill

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The Republican-controlled Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill allowing surprise inspections at Arizona abortion clinics.

Tuesday's 34-22 vote came over the objections of Democrats who said the bill was an attack on women, unconstitutional and would lead to the state spending money defending a lawsuit.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko of Peoria 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 says the bill aims to protect women from clinics that are not up to standards.

The health department has received only five complaints concerning abortion clinic safety in the last 3 years and only sought one warrant.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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