Marsha Dadisman, state Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman, told the Daily Mail hospitals and "extended care units" working in conjunction with a hospital are licensed.
Lesly Messina, president of the West Virginia Free board, wonders why Morrisey isn't asking questions of other clinics that aren't regulated.
"I think if that's the stance they want to take, then they would probably need to start regulating every single . . . free-standing clinic in the state," Messina said.
She said she was aware of Morrisey's latest letter and thought West Virginia Free probably was one of the groups he was referring to.
Like Pomponio and Bird, she thinks Morrisey's "inquisition" was outside the purview of his office.
"I think the point that (West Virginia Free) are really trying to make. . .is that we really believe Mr. Morrisey is overstepping his role as the AG, and frankly is wasting taxpayer money in waging a crusade against women's health and their providers," Messina said.
As the state's chief legal officer, Morrisey argues he is using his authority to evaluate significant legal questions facing West Virginia. He said he has used that power judiciously and would "never shirk from my responsibilities."
He also said his office has the ability to issue subpoenas in some circumstances but had not done so in this case. The office is reviewing whether more regulations are needed, but Morrisey said it's up to the Legislature "to decide the appropriate level of regulation."
Dr. Gorli Harish is the only doctor at Kanawha SurgiCenter, a clinic that performs abortions in Kanawha City. He told the Daily Mail Monday he didn't think the letter was necessary and questioned whether Morrisey understood abortion law.
Morrisey called for the clinics to respond to his letters by July 1.
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