Abortion providers should have admitting privileges to treat their own patients at hospitals so the patients do not end up in emergency rooms, Calhoun wrote to Morrisey.
"No other medical providers are allowed to care for patients, have no backup coverage, and then abandon them to the emergency room," he wrote. "We would be held ethically and legally liable.
"The fantasy of women's reproductive health care seems to allow these individuals who perform the abortions some special dispensation to provide substandard care."
Calhoun writes that he is amazed women's reproductive care is allowed to provide clinical services in a "totally unregulated environment."
"Veterinarian clinics and tattoo parlors must comply with more regulations and inspection than an abortion clinic where lives are ended," he wrote. "This is substandard care for women and needs to end!"
Calhoun wrote that West Virginia needs to put informed-consent language into state law, like Texas and other states have done.
Texas law requires women seeking abortions to undergo state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage them from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before having the procedure, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights group. The law in Texas also requires a woman to have an ultrasound before an abortion. The abortion provider must show the picture from the ultrasound to the woman and the woman must obtain the ultrasound at least 24 hours before the procedure if she lives within 100 miles of the abortion clinic.
"This is completely appropriate since the Casey ruling found that women have a right to know what abortion does in ending the life of the baby as well as possibly maternal health effects, which are substantial," he wrote.
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