The next multi-part question asks the clinics if they have a plan for complying with all laws regarding abortions.
Some questions are different. The congressional questionnaire asks several questions about any complaints about abortion clinics or state investigations into complaints. Jones said the health department has not received any complaints in the last five years, and specific medical boards would investigate any alleged wrongdoings by doctors.
Morrisey asked about the clinics relationship with the National Abortion Federation, a national association of abortions providers. He also asks a seven-part question about each clinic's specific abortion procedures. That includes questions about types of elective abortions offered and policies about patients providing informed consent.
The clinics offered brief responses to Morrisey. Both said they understand and comply with all laws. Both are also members of the National Abortion Federation. The federation conducts inspections of its member clinics every three to five years, according to federation policy.
Dr. Gorli Harish, the only doctor conducting abortions at the Kanawha Surgicenter, recently told the Daily Mail the federation last visited his clinic at least five years ago.
Both Morrisey and the congressional committee pointed to the conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell as a reason to question abortion regulations. Gosnell was recently convicted of murder in connection with his actions at a Pennsylvania abortion clinic.
The congressional committee sent its letter in early May to health officials in every state. Although Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is on the committee, his signature isn't on the letter.
Morrisey drew praise and criticism from local advocacy groups after announcing he would assess abortion regulations.
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, an evangelical group that opposes abortion rights, supports Morrisey's questioning. The group recently announced it would solicit comments for Morrisey about abortion law while calling for more information about the "dangerous and secret work" done at the clinics.
West Virginia Free, an organization that supports abortion rights, says the clinics provide an array of health procedures for women. Margaret Chapman Pomponio, the group's executive director, has pointed to a statement on Morrisey's campaign website where he says he is "pro-life and will fight to protect the unborn" as proof his actions are politically motivated.
Ryan said Jones' responses will be included in comments the office is soliciting from the public about abortion regulations. Morrisey plans to accept public comments until Aug. 16.
Copies of Jones' letter, the congressional questionnaire and Morrisey's letters are available at dailymail.com.
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