2014-04-16T004158Z_3_CBREA3F00VJ00_RTROPTP_2_USA-GAYS-ARIZONA

Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer makes a statement saying she vetoed the controversial SB1062 bill at the Arizona State Capitol in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which gained final legislative approval from the state Senate last week, removes a provision from state law requiring a judge to approve any spot inspections conducted at the nine clinics in Arizona licensed to perform abortions. No other medical facilities in the state require such a warrant for unannounced inspections. “This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients,” gubernatorial spokesman Andrew Wilder said in announcing that Brewer, a Republican, had signed the measure.

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