West Virginia: A Chance to Improve the Safety of Women

Abortion is not safe for women as case after case has proven this year. We watched with horror while Kermit Gosnell’s practices were laid bare. We continue to fight to close illegal clinics such as the New Woman All Women clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Testimony from former clinic workers in a Delaware Planned Parenthood will make your blood run cold.

Currently, a young woman in West Virginia is suing the state’s largest abortion provider, asserting that she was restrained against her will after asking that her abortion procedure be stopped.  The plaintiff, Itai Gravely, was further injured when the abortionist left the baby’s head inside her. The outrageous actions of the abortionist caused Ms. Gravely to suffer serious physical and psychological injury. She is being represented by attorneys from the West Virginia Family Policy Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

West Virginia is one of several states that provide woefully inadequate regulation and oversight of abortion clinics. It has virtually no laws regulating abortion clinics—no health and safety standards, inspection requirements, or even a requirement that abortions be performed by a doctor. Without comprehensive clinic regulations, abortion providers are free to sacrifice women’s health and safety to improve their bottom line.

The situation has motivated State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to take a closer look at the regulations applicable to abortion providers. His office has called for comments as to the need for regulation and the appropriate types of regulation, see http://www.wvago.gov/callforcomment.cfm.

Urgent Action Item: Send a comment to A.G. Morrisey to help highlight the need for strong and effective oversight of abortion facilities. Simply email your comment to regulatoryreview@wvago.gov. Comments need to be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Eastern, Friday, August 16th. Ask your friends to send comments as well. Remember that women travel to obtain abortions so the laws of one state may directly impact women who reside elsewhere. More resources are available at The Family Policy Council of West Virginia. To read comments submitted by LLDF, click here.