The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) bill for surprise inspections of abortion clinics, HB 2284 (.pdf) was approved by Tea-Publicans in the Arizona House on a party-line vote on Tuesday, demonstrating that Cathi Herrod’s influence over Tea-Publicans has not been diminished following the public relations debacle over her Religious Bigotry bill vetoed by Governor Brewer. House approves warrantless abortion clinic inspections.
This bill is really about harassing and intimidating abortion services providers and invading the constitutional medical privacy rights of their clients. The bill is sponsored by a CAP water-carrier and Arizona state chairman of ALEC, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria.
Democrats and Planned Parenthood opposed the bill. The federal courts have previously ruled that snap inspections of abortion clinics are unlawful because women’s medical privacy rights are at risk.
Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Arizona, said a consent decree signed by the state after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2004 remains in place. It requires either consent or a warrant issued by an administrative law judge.
Once again our Tea-Publican lawless legislature is pursuing the radical extremist agenda of Cathi Herrod and the CAP. Should this bill ever be signed into law, it will result in yet another losing lawsuit that pisses away taxpayer money in pursuit of the radical extremist agenda of the CAP. And Tea-Publicans in the Arizona legislature are OK with that, including the “mythical moderate Republican” Ethan Orr (R-Tucson).
How they voted: