A new piece of legislation signed by Arizona’s Republican Governor will allow health officials to conduct surprise inspections of the state’s nine abortion clinics
Health officials will be able to inspect Arizona’s abortion clinics without warrants after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Tuesday.
The new law nullifies previous measures that required judges to approve any potential inspection of the state’s nine registered abortion clinics.
“This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients,” said the Governor’s spokesman Andrew Wilder, according to Reuters.
Pro-choice advocates said the Republican Governor’s decision as part of her sustained attack on women’s health.
“[Brewer] has been hostile to women’s health care, including abortion and family planning, since the day she took office,” the president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, Bryan Howard, said in a statement following the passage of the bill.
Arizona joins ten other states that allow for similar snap inspections of abortion facilities.