CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to know what citizens think about state laws and regulations related to abortions.
His office announced Wednesday it will start accepting public comments online as part of his review of laws and regulations in West Virginia that pertain to abortions.
"The Office is inviting all interested stakeholders and the general public to share their knowledge and experience about health care regulation generally and abortion specifically in West Virginia and elsewhere," Morrisey said in a news release.
This comes after some have criticized recent action taken by Morrisey about clinics that perform abortions.
Pro-choice advocacy groups criticized Morrisey when he sent letters to two state clinics that perform elective abortions. The letters asked the clinics to respond to questions about their understanding of abortion law and policies related to performing abortions.
Opponents -- including the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and West Virginia Free -- said he sent the letters for political motivation. They pointed out that many health clinics are not regulated by the state and allege Morrisey is trying to restrict a woman's right to seek an abortion.
Morrisey accused the groups of "politicizing the letters." In his release Wednesday, he said the office wants to avoid any negative dialogue by seeking public comment.
"Our goal is to rise above the name calling and attacks and make this a thoughtful, civil process that focuses on the law and the facts," Morrisey stated in the news release.
Morrisey stated his goal is to make sure the office's review of abortion law and regulations "is as thorough and transparent as possible." After a review of state policies pertaining to abortions, Morrisey said his office still has questions.
"Statutes require informed consent and parental notification, but we have not located any law that requires abortion procedures in West Virginia to be performed by licensed physicians or any law that sets a gestational age limit governing when an abortion procedure may be performed," the release states.
Morrisey, a Republican, defeated longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw in the 2012 general election. Morrisey's campaign website says he is pro-life and will "fight to protect the unborn."