Arizona House to vote on abortion clinic bill

PHOENIX - The Arizona House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill allowing surprise inspections in Arizona abortion clinics.

House Bill 2284 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.

Democrats say the bill is unconstitutional and snap inspections infringe on women's privacy.

The warrants are required as part of the state's 2010 settlement of a lawsuit. Opponents warn Arizona will have to fight in court to implement the changes.

The House is set to vote on Lesko's bill Tuesday. If it passes it heads to the Senate for action.

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