The news release never states what Morrisey will actually do with the public comments, or if the public will be able to see the comments.
"For right now, we're just hoping that people submit comments," said Morrisey spokeswoman Beth Ryan. "Once the comments are submitted, the office will be evaluating all of the information that we received.
"Once we've had a chance to review and evaluate all of the comments, we will take the next step," she continued.
This is the latest step in Morrisey's review of abortion in the state. He sent the letters to the abortion clinics after a Charleston woman, represented by religious conservative advocacy groups, filed a lawsuit against one of the clinics.
In the lawsuit, Itai Gravely, 26, alleges Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens of the Women's Health Center inappropriately proceeded with and conducted an abortion that left "materials of conception" in Gravely's uterus. The center and Stephens deny any allegations of wrong doing, according to a response filed in Kanawha Circuit Court this week.
Morrisey announced his decision to send letters to the clinic almost immediately after Gravely's lawsuit.
"The merits of that lawsuit must still be resolved in court, but it does raise serious questions about how such clinics in West Virginia are inspected and reviewed to ensure patients are safe," Morrisey said in his letters to the clinics.
At the same time, Morrisey pointed to an article in the Daily Mail that quoted then-Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman as saying the DHHR does not specifically regulate or license abortion clinics.
Morrisey asked several many-part questions in his letters to the clinics. Both responded, but neither really answered those questions. Each health clinic said they understand the law.
In Wednesday's request for public comment, Morrisey's office provides 10 "broad areas of interest" about which people could comment. The potential comment topics range from regulations at all health care facilities to ideas about gestational age limits. They're similar to the questions included in the letters to the abortion clinics.
The release says comments should be emailed by 5 p.m. Aug. 16 to regulatoryrev...@wvago.gov. It doesn't mention whether people who comment need to provide a name.
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