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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.”

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.

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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.”

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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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