Neither the state Department of Health and Human Resources nor local health departments have the authority to inspect or license West Virginia’s abortion clinics, according to today’s story by my Daily Mail statehouse colleague Dave Boucher and health reporter Candace Nelson.
This revelation comes on the heels of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against one of the state’s two abortion clinics. Itai Gravely, 26, alleges that Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens, a doctor at the Women’s Health Center in Charleston, conducted an abortion against her will, without enough anesthesia and “botched” the procedure.
Within a day of the procedure, Gravely felt immense paint and was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital, where doctors allegedly found and removed a skull and other “products of conception” from Gravely’s uterus. Click here to read the full story.
In other news…
- Wheeling Island Racetrack and Casino has decided it will renew its table game license fee for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, despite indicated to lawmakers earlier this year it could not afford the $2.5 million fee and likely would not re-up. Although a bill to lower state table game license fees to $1 million passed the state Senate — Senate President Jeff Kessler was the lead sponsor — it died in the House Judiciary Committee.
- Nearly 1,700 West Virginians will be furloughed this summer as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s attempts to deal with sequester-related budget cuts. As business editor Jared Hunt reports, more than half of those employees are West Virginia Air and Army National Guard technicians.
- Sheirl Fletcher, who ran against Sen. Jay Rockefeller in 2008 and Sen. Joe Manchin in 2010 and 2012, has again filed to run for U.S. Senate in 2014. Fletcher is a former member of the state House of Delegates, where she was a Republican, but has since changed her party affiliation.
- Former state Senator (and one-time wrestling announcer) Shirley Love is recovering from heart surgery, according to Mannix Porterfield of The Register-Herald.