Morrisey doing the right thing

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey writes letters that go unanswered by West Virginia’s two abortion clinics in Charleston about their policies and procedures. West Virginia is one of 11 states that doesn’t require abortion clinics maintain a licensed physician and is exempt from regulatory inspections done in hospitals, physicians’ offices, or same day surgery facilities. Try remodeling your home in Vienna or operating a business, restaurant, beauty shop, car lot, or even having a yard sale and expect a visit from local and state authorities with all kinds of rules and regulations, questions to be answered, and forms to fill out. But those same expectations are not brought to bear upon a West Virginia abortion clinic!

Look what happened in Philadelphia at Dr. Gosnell’s House of Horrors – I mean abortion clinic – left unchecked for so many years. It made the Chainsaw Massacre movies look like child’s play. A malpractice suit was filed in Charleston last month when parts of a dead baby were left in a mother’s womb in a botched abortion.

Obviously, West Virginia women are not receiving safe medical care. Yet, Morrisey is accused of making a mockery of medicine and government by the West Virginia Free executive director in the Charleston Gazette. To top this off, West Virginians have blood on our hands as we are one of only 17 states still using our tax dollars through Medicaid to pay for abortions!

The state code for abortion clinics in West Virginia only requires parental notifications and informed consent, in part allowing the mother to see her baby with an ultrasound before destroying it. Both of these requirements are thanks to 40 years of tireless efforts of West Virginians For Life! Surely even abortion supporters and women intending on having one should insist on standard regulations and inspections required at any medical facility.

Wake up people – at last we have an attorney general who is trying to do the right thing for the youngest West Virginians! Send emails to, write letters, call or visit state senators and delegates demanding that both abortion clinics and West Virginia’s only Planned Parenthood facility in Vienna be inspected and regulated like other businesses in the state. Pray that West Virginia has the courage of Texas passing the most restrictive laws in the U.S. If voted out of office, so be it. They have done the right thing.

“Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” -James 4:17

Patty Cooper