State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently
announced that he is evaluating whether the state should regulate the abortion clinics in West Virginia.
Both clinics are members of the National Abortion Federation, which conducts inspections every three to five years. The doctors are licensed by the state, and thus accountable to it in that way.
Not everyone will approve of the fact that the attorney general, who vowed as a candidate to "fight to
protect the rights of the unborn," is using his office to question the clinics West Virginia women look to for services.
Regulation is legislators' job. Morrisey should be careful how he uses his office.
But the Gosnell case raised questions about safety. He is likely not the only person in West Virginia who wants answers to those questions.