In February, a Missouri woman told state lawmakers that she went to a crisis pregnancy center, where a clinic staff member told her she was no longer pregnant and had likely miscarried. However, the woman was pregnant and later had to have emergency surgery to remove her Fallopian tube.
Skinner said there's little information about crisis pregnancy centers that operate in West Virginia. He asked the centers to respond to his questions within 30 days.
"A woman deserves to know exactly what kinds of services these clinics actually provide, so she can make informed choices about her health," Skinner said. "I would hope these facilities would be forthcoming about that. If not, then perhaps state regulators or health-care licensing boards should intervene."
The Gazette contacted Woman's Choice Pregnancy Resource Center Monday, requesting comment on Skinner's letter. The center's director did not return a phone message.
Also Monday, an anti-abortion group urged churches across West Virginia to take part in an Oct. 6 event to "remember lives lost to the abortion industry."
The Family Policy Council is organizing "Illuminate Sunday" -- part of the evangelical Christian group's ongoing push to regulate abortion in West Virginia.
"We only ask that churches across this state take time on Oct. 6 to solemnly remember those lives lost to abortion and pray for those lives that have been affected by the abortion industry," said Jeremiah Dys, the council's president.
Several ministers joined Dys at a press conference Monday to announce the Oct. 6 anti-abortion event.
"The purpose of the 'Illuminate' effort is to shine light on the abortion industry that is largely unregulated," said Seth Polk, pastor of Cross Lanes Baptist Church. "For the health and safety of women and unborn children, we believe action needs to be taken."
West Virginians for Life, an anti-abortion group, pledged Monday to support Morrisey and his abortion review.
The group said abortion clinics should be licensed and regulated.
"Contrary to the claims of the pro-abortion lobby, it is not 'pro-woman' to subject women with a problem pregnancy to substandard and unregulated medical facilities that wouldn't be tolerated in general medical practice," said Wanda Franz, president of West Virginians for Life.
On the other side, women's health advocates plan to rally at the state Capitol today to protest proposed regulations that restrict abortion in West Virginia. They say Morrisey's review is a veiled attempt to outlaw abortion in the state.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.