Jan Brewer Signs Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Abortion Clinics

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Matthew Hendley


Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that allows the state health department to search abortion clinics without an administrative warrant.

Brewer didn't make any public comments on her signing of the legislation, House Bill 2284.

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The bill is one of three bills backed by the Religious Right organization Center for Arizona Policy that have been passed by lawmakers. Brewer vetoed the first bill, SB 1062, which was widely seen as anti-gay. Another, which expands tax exemptions for churches, is awaiting her signature.

Although it's not surprising that Brewer would sign a bill calling for tighter restrictions on abortion, she did say in her veto of SB 1062 that social issues weren't among her legislative priorities. She said that before lawmakers passed a budget for the year, so perhaps that's changed.

Now, this new abortion bill almost certainly will be subject to a lawsuit from pro-choice groups. The Center for Arizona Policy pushed a similar bill that was signed into law more than a decade ago but was overturned in court (one of four anti-abortion bills pushed by CAP that were have been overturned in court).

In both the Senate and the House, Republican sponsors of the bill parroted the talking points laid out by the Center for Arizona Policy -- that the bill simply holds abortion clinics to the same standards as other medical clinics, which can be searched by the state health department without an administrative warrant.

Democrats argued that abortion clinics are subject to politics, and aren't like other medical facilities. They fear that the bill could open the door to potential abuse by some hypothetical anti-abortion crusader at the state health department, who could disrupt clinics with constant searches.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona president Bryan Howard released a statement saying the following, in part:
"We support health care regulations that protect patient safety. Abortion is extremely safe. Data, including from the CDC, shows that abortion has over a 99% safety record. At Planned Parenthood, our guidelines are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"We're not surprised that Governor Brewer signed this bill. She has been hostile to women's health care, including abortion and family planning, since the day she took office. In partnership with the controversial Center for Arizona Policy, the group behind SB 1062 that was vetoed earlier this year, politicians wrote this legislation with the end goal of making safe, legal abortion difficult or even impossible for women to get. The Arizona Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists joined Planned Parenthood in asking Governor Brewer to veto this this bill."
Meanwhile, other CAP-backed abortion laws have been subject to court battles.

The U.S. Supreme Court this year has declined to hear the appeal of two CAP-supported provisions that had been overturned in lower courts, including one that banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and another that attempted to prevent Medicaid money from being spent at Planned Parenthood, for family-planning services that don't include abortion.

In yet another lawsuit over a Center for Arizona Policy-backed law, pro-choice groups are suing over regulations on medicated abortion, which cut down on the window in which a woman can get an abortion using medications.

Cathi Herrod, the president of the Center for Arizona Policy, responded to the governor's signing of HB 2284 by releasing a statement saying, "Today we celebrate this victory, but our work will never be done until every woman and preborn child is protected from the dangerous and deadly practices of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry."

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jeanjb
jeanjb

gonernor herrod is trying to force us to buy into theocracy that she deems appropriate for the rest of us stooges!

the problem?

her rights end at the tip of my nose(or penis) which ever is longer!

that is a goldwater quote...not the penis part.LOL

keep supporting these dirtbags!

Hotch75
Hotch75

To quote the Constitution, which the Right leaning people on here are want to do when it serves their purpose, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."


And since the Supreme Court, via the Citizens United V Federal Elections Commission, have already ruled that Corporations ARE people, should an Abortion Clinic run by a corporation of some sort now be covered by the constitution? 


I am starting to warm up to the right wing logic process!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Can't wait until this bitch is gone from office.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

What's next? Will the legislature pass a bill outlawing the sale of rubbuz? In the meantime, release the lawyers! 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Hotch75  

I don't support this legislation, but your citation doesn't apply here, because these corporations entered into a licensing agreement with the State, by which they agree to allow these searches.


Any ruling against this law would have to be based on the fact that the government intends it to intimidate, rather than to protect the patients.


phxjustice
phxjustice

@Cozz Do you mean the unelected but de-facto Queen of Arizona, Kathi Herrod or Governor Brewer?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@phxjustice

No kidding, turn them inside out and they are one of the same.

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