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South Dakota Republican: Planned Parenthood ‘worse than ISIS and lying about it’

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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.”

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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.

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“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.”


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‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’

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The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s.  In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices.  One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.

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Virginia capitol staff will be forced to confront armed protesters because of official’s ‘bravado’: strategist

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Trump is trying Middle East Peace plan 2.0 after the first one flopped

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"We will get this done," Trump claimed in May 2017.

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