Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

July 11, 2013

W.Va. AG seeks public input on abortion laws, regs

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is asking the public for help with his office’s review of state abortion laws and regulations.

A notice posted on the office’s website invites the public and stakeholders to submit comments on general health care regulation and abortion regulation both in West Virginia and elsewhere.

The notice says that state code only requires informed consent and parental notification. There aren’t any laws requiring licensed physicians to perform abortions or limiting the gestational age when an abortion may be performed.

Areas of interest listed in the notice include compliance and auditing of facilities and providers, and reasons that abortion clinic regulatory treatment is different than the regulatory treatment of hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities and physician offices.

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