South Dakota Lawmaker Claims Planned Parenthood Is Worse Than ISIS


South Dakota State Representative Isaac Latterell (R) compared Planned Parenthood unfavorably to the terrorist group ISIL. In a bizarre post titled, “Planned Parenthood beheading children and lying about it”, the State Senator makes his outlandish claim that Planned Parenthood is worse than ISIS. The Senator, who ironically represents the town of Tea, South Dakota, concluded his scathing attack on Planned Parenthood, by stating:

While we rightly take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye by holding ISIS accountable, let us be sure to take the plank out of our own eye by holding Planned Parenthood accountable.

His statement was an obvious reference to a biblical passage found in the Book of Mark (7:3-5), which reads:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Latterell apparently believes Planned Parenthood performing abortions in South Dakota is a greater atrocity than ISIS beheading people in the Middle East. Sadly, his fellow Republican Lawmakers in South Dakota seem to agree. Latterell’s proposed House Bill 1230, named the Preborn Infant Beheading Ban of 2015, passed through the House Health and Human Services Committee on an 11-2 vote.  The vote fell on straight party lines, with all 11 Republicans on the Committee voting yes and both Democrats voting no.

Latterell’s bill would ban a type of abortion that is not performed in South Dakota. Planned Parenthood Sioux Falls, the only clinic in the state that provides abortion services, offers medical abortions up to the ninth week of pregnancy, and surgical abortions until week 13. There is no facility in the state that provides infant beheading services.

Latterell’s statements reveal how extreme the far right has become in their opposition to women making their own health care decisions. That he and his fellow lawmakers are willing to demonize Planned Parenthood by insinuating that the organization is worse than a bunch of terrorists, speaks poorly of their judgment as lawmakers. The voters of Tea, South Dakota should expect better from their State Representative.

11 Replies to “South Dakota Lawmaker Claims Planned Parenthood Is Worse Than ISIS”

  1. “Beheading babies” only happens when a breech birth gets stuck at a stage too late for Cesarian intervention. It would never happen with adequate prenatal care and affordable obstetric services. They defund that, too, of course.

  2. I would like to know what hole these waste-of-oxygen idiots crawl out from so that we could shove them back down in it and seal it up – permanently.

  3. Can’t be a super-hero without a super-villain while the GOP/TP have to make up theirs for image sake, since they’re incapable of doing it for real.

  4. This unhinged nutob should of been aborted.For many women Planned Parenthood is the only place they can go for ALL their medical needs.

  5. ISIL is the current red meat buzz word for goper talk. Like Benghazi before it, it is used to whip up fear and anger for whatever any political dipshit wants to be against.

    Hey, all it takes is a complete lack of education and it works…

  6. In order that he be able to make this statement with absolute certainty, I strongly urge him to make a personal visit to a Planned Parent facility, and then a personal visit to ISIS (any branch office will do). I’m sure he will find out which is worse.

    However, he may not be able to report back to the rest of us with his findings.

  7. I marvel at the lunacy of encouraging more unwanted humans on a planet that can no longer support those already here.

    The overpopulation of Earth is behind every problem humans face right now. And it is never discussed.

    Even more frightening is an examination of who exactly is pumping up the volume….
    Right wing intolerant fundamentalists of all the crazy Bronze Age religions.

    Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Traditionalist Catholics, Polygamous Mormons and Muslims, Orthodox and Hassidic Jews, Hindus…etc.

    All share the denigration of women, all encourage the mad humping out of more and more to outnumber the other tribes.

    If you were born in 1960 look around, there are seven people now occupying the space that three did when you arrived.

    And that the war mongering republican tools of war profiteers would even pretend to value human life is mind boggling hypocrisy.

  8. Yet another instance of passing bills based on religious belief. It’s bad enough the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of Hobby Lobby based on its managers supposed religious beliefs; but to punish women’s rights based on religious beliefs is something women really need to speak out loudly against. The people who are doing this are anything but religious. They are sucking up to the manipulators of their puppet strings and to the fundamentalists whom they believe wrongly will be our next lawmakers.
    America has suffered enough of this ignorance and outright stupidity from jerks like Isaac Latterell. And our silence through all this embarrassment has caused the rest of the world to see us through the eyes of these villains who call themselves conservatives. They’ve gone so far beyond the meaning of conservative that the next step for all of them is the rubber room.
    Ladies, you should be marching on Washington!

  9. South Dakota State Representative Isaac Latterell (R) is from South Dakota .. are we really surprised?

  10. THANK YOU! I don’t understand why people aren’t discussing this. I keep reading articles about feeding 50 billion people in the future, how we can do it,etc. Great, how about we try and focus on the problems at hand, and try and stem future problems. These same people that are taking such a short and narrow view of today’s world problems, are not even talking about the alarming rate that we are decimating species. I don’t get why people don’t understand that everything is interconnected, and it gets worse on a daily basis. I am seeing more posts and restaurants jumping on the insect eating bandwagon, for instance. Bon Appetite, But even if everyone begins eating insects, where does that leave species that actually depend on them? Sorry, don’t usually respond to posts, but this makes me goddamn crazy.

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