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Arizona Senate panel OKs abortion clinic bill

Arizona Senate panel OKs abortion clinic bill

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Mar 12, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona Senate panel split along party lines has approved a bill allowing surprise inspections of abortion clinics.
   
House Bill 2284 has been described by supporters as a vital tool for health inspectors, who now must get a warrant to make unannounced searches of abortion providers.
   
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko testified Wednesday that the bill she's sponsoring only attempts to remove a warrant requirement that only applies to abortion providers.
   
But Planned Parenthood of Arizona President Bryan Howard says state officials can do any number of inquiries without the need for a warrant.
   
The Arizona Department of Health Services has sought only one warrant in the past four years. It happened just days before the bill was first heard in the House last month. The House approved it last week.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.