"We are grateful that the attorney general continues to be concerned about the safety of women," said Jeremiah Dys, president of the Family Policy Council. "It is clearly more important than the abortionists' bottom-line profits."
Dys also took issue with Women's Health Center's response to Morrisey's review.
"It is shocking to see that, despite serious allegations against them, Women's Health Center of West Virginia believes what they did to Itai could possibly be called quality medical services," Dys said. "Whatever regulations Women's Health Center thinks are currently on the books - and we believe there are none - Dr. Stephens and Women's Health Center exposed Itai to extraordinary pain and suffering and placed her life in danger."
Morrisey has said he has the authority to review abortion regulations because he's "West Virginia's chief legal officer...charged with overseeing state legal policy and protecting the public interest."
In his June 17 letter to the abortion clinics, Morrisey asked for specifics about their abortion procedures and "informed consent" practices. The questions included:
Morrisey has said that no state agencies inspect or regulate abortion clinics in West Virginia.
Women's health advocates have countered that doctors, nurses and physicians assistants who work at the clinics must be licensed and report to state medical professional boards.
"Without a doubt, we must be clear that these women's health providers are regulated as any other health-care facility of their type under state and federal laws and regulations," Chapman Pomponio said Tuesday.
Morrisey's recent actions mirror those of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has supported bills to curb abortions by licensing and regulating abortion clinics. Cuccinelli spoke at a Morrisey campaign event last year.
"We would like to remind Mr. Morrisey that West Virginians are different from our neighbors in Virginia where his role model, Attorney General Cuccinelli, led a similar crusade against women's health providers," Chapman Pomponio said. "In West Virginia, we value a woman's health over politics, and we reject this type of government overstep into medicine."
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.