- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2015

South Dakota state Rep. Isaac Latterell, an outspoken abortion opponent, has penned a scathing article that compares Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State terror group.

In the article titled “Planned Parenthood worse than ISIS and lying about it,” Mr. Latterell, a Republican, uses a 2014 David Brooks column about beheadings committed by the Islamic State — also known as ISIS and ISIL — to draw parallels to Planned Parenthood “beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions,” Mediaite reported.

“I am beyond angry at what Planned Parenthood is doing to us and to our children,” Mr. Latterell wrote. “In the words of David Brooks, their actions and their lies ‘show contempt for us and our morality,’ ‘deny the slightest acknowledgment of our common humanity,’ and ‘take the bully’s maximum relish in their power over the weak and innocent.’

“No state, no religion, and no organization should ever be allowed to use this unspeakably horrifying method,” he said. “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.”

Mr. Latterell and several others have introduced a bill, called the “Preborn Infant Beheading Ban,” that would “prohibit the beheading of certain living unborn children and to provide penalties therefor.”

Planned Parenthood said it does not perform so-called “dismemberment abortions” and only performs first trimester abortions in South Dakota. Planned Parenthood spokesperson Jennifer Aulwes told Talking Points Memo that the type of abortion described by Mr. Latterell would have to have been performed by a doctor outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic.

“I think the majority of South Dakotans would agree that comparing Planned Parenthood to a terrorist organization is just going too far,” she said. “No matter what you feel about abortion or about Planned Parenthood, it’s an inflammatory and really inappropriate comparison.”

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