A Republican legislator from South Dakota attacked Planned Parenthood by comparing it to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Talking Points Memo reported.
State Rep. Isaac Latterell (R) argued in a post on his website that like ISIS, "Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions. Most people are unaware that this is happening, because Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls denies that they behead or otherwise dismember unborn children."
The post, titled "Planned Parenthood worse than ISIS and lying about it," coincided with Latterell's introduction of a bill that would bar healthcare providers from performing "the beheading of certain living unborn children and to provide penalties therefor." Physicians who perform the procedure would face up to 50 years in prison.
The bill, HB 1230, was passed by the GOP-dominated Health and Human Services committee on Tuesday in an 11-2 vote.
According to Latterell, the procedure, which is part of a second-trimester abortion referred to as a dilation and evacuation (aka D and E) has been performed "at least" 7 times since 2008.
But critics of the bill argued that these procedures are unavailable both through Planned Parenthood and at the state's only abortion clinic, which will not perform abortions after the 14-week mark of a pregnancy. RH Reality Check reported that clients seeking the procedure are typically referred out of state.
Elizabeth Nash, who is a policy analyst for the healthcare advocacy group the Guttmacher Institute, told the Rapid City Journal that Latterell is trying to make abortion sound "horrible" with the bill.
"What this bill is really about is the inflammatory language and riling up people to be opposed to abortion," Nash said. "This language is pretty gruesome. It's inflammatory. It's designed to get the political juices flowing. It is not really about what medical practice is like."