EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPro-Choice Rally Raises Concerns Over Morrisey Efforts
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 9, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 10:31 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A group of nearly 100 people came out on Marshall University's campus Wednesday for the third Stand with West Virginia Women rally across the state.
Organizations like Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, Fairness West Virginia and the Marshall University Women's Center participated in the event.
One of the main reasons for the rally was to protest recent efforts by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, which they claim limit a woman's access to abortion in the state.
A few months ago, Morrisey sent letters to the Women's Health Center of West Virginia asking how often the clinics are inspected, what procedures are used and the preferred methods of abortion.
"Reproductive healthcare is vital for every woman in West Virginia,” Margaret Chapman Pomponio, the director of West Virginia Free, said. “When we see legislators, or policy makers trying to take women's rights away, we're ready to stand up."
Another rally is set for February in Charleston.
Morrisey released a statement, following the Huntington rally.
“Our review is focusing on the laws governing abortion regulation in the state of West Virginia,” Morrisey said. “Our review is analyzing this question and many others that have been raised by people across the political spectrum. After our review concludes, we will be in a position to identify the exact nature of abortion laws and regulations in West Virginia.”
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