CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Family Policy Council of West Virginia wants to shine a light on state’s abortion industry. Monday, the FPC held a news conference at the state capitol along with some members of the state Legislature to talk about the importance of regulating abortions.
Jeremy Dys, with the FPC, says currently the state’s two abortion clinic, both in Charleston, do not have to meet any sort of state medical requirements.
“Since it opened in 1976, no state regulator has stepped foot into the largest abortion clinic in the state of West Virginia,” according to Dys.
He said that needs to change. That’s why the FPC along with other pro-life groups are calling on the public to let their opinions be known and to convince the governor and state Legislature to mandate requirements for abortion clinics.
“I’m surprised that we even have to talk about this or this would even be controversial,” John Carey with West Virginians for Life said. “Beauty parlors are inspected. Private Christian schools are inspected. Certainly we would want these [abortion] facilities inspected.”
Recently West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has gotten involved in the issue, asking the state’s abortion clinics to answer some questions. They answered Morrisey’s letter but didn’t say much.
West Virginia Free Executive Director Margaret Chapman-Pomponio recently said, “The Attorney General must know that women’s health providers are regulated like any other health care provider in the state of West Virginia. The doctors are regulated by the Board of Medicine. The nurses are regulated by the Board of Nursing.”
Dys says when it comes to the health of West Virginia women safety shouldn’t even be in question.
“Where there ought to be no debate is that so long as abortionists are permitted to ply their trade, they must do so in a manner that does as little harm as possible.”
For more information on the Illuminate campaign, you can log on to www.FamilyPolicyWV.com/Illuminate.