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Review Regulations On Abortion Clinics

August 25, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia state law allows a woman to have her baby aborted at any stage during the pregnancy. That oversight alone ought to be enough to persuade reasonable people the state's regulations concerning abortion need to be reviewed.

Yet some "pro-choice" organizations are adamant in demanding the state adopt a hands-off policy regarding abortion. Last week protesters, labeling themselves "women's health advocates" gathered at the state Capitol to oppose suggestions that abortion laws be reviewed.

But if women's health is a concern, shouldn't abortion clinics and procedures be reviewed to ensure patients are treated safely? Of course they should.

It all started earlier this year when Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked the state's two abortion clinics, both in Charleston, to answer questionnaires about their policies and practices. He had been told by an official at the Department of Health and Human Services that it does not license or inspect abortion clinics.

That is another red flag concerning women's health and safety. Though the clinics do abide by some regulations, they should be subject to reasonable licensing and inspection rules.

"Pro-choice" advocates make it clear they want no limits on abortion. West Virginians honestly concerned about women's health will reject that - and support a review of state safeguards concerning abortion clinics.

 
 

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