by Kim Trobee
ARIZONA – Abortion sellers in Arizona are now subject to the same inspection standards as medical facilities. Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Womenâ€™s Health Protection Act.
In the past, if someone wanted to inspect an abortion outlet, they had to obtain a warrant from the courts. Pro-lifers argued that no similar facility required such a warrant and that doing so put the health of women and pre-born babies at risk.
â€œThis legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients,â€ said Andrew Wilder, gubernatorial spokesman.
Pro-aborts in the state werenâ€™t happy, calling the measure â€œunnecessary.â€
â€œWeâ€™re not surprised that Governor Brewer signed this bill,â€ said Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. â€œShe has been hostile to womenâ€™s health care, including abortion and family planning, since the day she took office.â€
Abortionists have come under increasing scrutiny since the discovery of Kermit Gosnellâ€™s â€œHouse of Horrorsâ€ in Philadelphia. Gosnell was found guilty of murder for killing babies who were born alive during late-term abortions. Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. During that investigation, it was discovered that Gosnellâ€™s facility had not been inspected in many years.
Cathi Herrod with the Center for Arizona Policy called the governorâ€™s support a â€œtremendous victoryâ€ for the pro-life movement.
â€œI am grateful to the billâ€™s sponsor, Rep. Debbie Lesko, who championed this important legislation and all the legislators that voted for HB 2284,â€ she said. â€œGovernor Jan Brewer is also owed a debt of gratitude for standing up to the attacks and distortions from Planned Parenthood to carry on her tremendous legacy as the nationâ€™s most pro-life governor.â€
Herrod also vowed to continue to fight for life.
â€œToday, we celebrate this victory,â€ she said, â€œbut 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.â€