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Jerry Costello
Illinois abortion clinics face demand for more inspections

Some Illinois lawmakers are seeking to require annual inspections for all the state's abortion clinics, more than three years after officials took steps to reinforce the system following a report by The Associated Press that some facilities had gone 15 years without an inspection. The six Republicans and one Democrat who have introduced a bill requiring the annual inspections say it would keep women safer, but critics allege it is a veiled effort to restrict women's access to the procedure. State officials say they now carry out inspections of most clinics every three or four years, which they insist is enough. In February, the Republican-led Missouri House passed a similar bill,...