However, I must admit I get some schadenfreude from this. Supporters of the bill say that they are only extending the current standards applied to many other businesses, such as restaurants and bars, to abortion clinics.
Regulators from OSHA to the health department have tremendous powers to barge into private businesses and conduct searches without a warrant, whatever the text of the Fourth Amendment might say. They justify this with licensing regimes that require these businesses to have state licenses, and then require businesses accept these extra-Constitutional searches as a prerequisite for the license.
I have opposed these licensing regimes for years, in part because the consumer protection justification is often a sham -- what they really want is to be able to exercise control of private businesses. In some cases, these laws are used to protect incumbents. In some cases (e.g. here) they are used to try to shut down the entire (legal) industry.
Statists on the Left have generally poo-pooed these concerns. Their typical response is that businesses are just whining, and that only those in violation of the law have something to fear. Now, they suddenly are recognizing that an unannounced search per se is threatening.
Update: I find abortion proponents on the Left to be among the worst examples of faux libertarians. They claim their issue is about choice regarding one's body, but then tend to simultaneously support all kinds of government interventions in personal medical decision-making. They are all for the sanctity of private property when there is an abortion clinic on the site; not so much otherwise.
From the folks who exempt themselves from minimum wage, OSHA, and much of environmental law, comes the news that while shutting down online poker for most Americans, the District of Columbia is starting up its own online poker site for federal officials and other DC residents.
Been doing research on grain elevators for my model railroad. Ran across this video that I thought was pretty interesting. I liked seeing the guy trying to keep the old technology working, and it was interesting to me to see this one guy do everything. In the city, OSHA and the DOL would probably require 6 different guys on the shift. The best part was seeing this older dude shoving a boxcar around by hand to position it for loading (around 8:40).
For several years I worked for Emerson Electric, which among its many divisions owned a ladder manufacturer. If there ever was a product that simply is what it is, totally WYSIWYG, it's a ladder. But it turns out in this age of personal responsibility that anyone who ever gets hurt using a ladder, usually doing something stupid, will sue the ladder manufacturer for his or her injury. Emerson fought every one, all the way to trial and sometimes appeal. Lawyers said they were crazy, that in any given case, it would be cheaper (considering legal fees) to just settle. But Chuck Knight (Emerson CEO) knew that these were not individual cases, they were multiple events in an ongoing "game," and game theory gives a different answer. Fight enough of these, and tort lawyers looking for a quick buck with little work and cost will choose to spend their time elsewhere.
John Stossel has this chart to clearly define the power that is OSHA regulation:
Wow, that sure makes a big difference. Which confirms my experience as a business owner. Financial incentives like workers comp rates are a FAR more powerful force, at least in my business, to root our safety issues than the arcane and bureaucratic mandates that flow out of OSHA.