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Irresponsible: Latterell Says Planned Parenthood “Worse than ISIS”

Rep. Isaac Latterell (R-6/Tea) takes his anti-abortion crusade over the top by saying that Planned Parenthood is worse than ISIS:

There are certain revolting methods of execution, such as beheading, that no state would ever permit, even against murderers who use this method on their victims. It is this revulsion that leads us to rightly condemn the beheadings committed by unconscionably violent soldiers in the Middle East....

Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions...

No state, no religion, and no organization should ever be allowed to use this unspeakably horrifying method. 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 [Rep. Isaac Latterell, "Planned Parenthood Worse Than ISIS and Lying about It," blog, 2015.02.17].

Rep. Latterell gets his specks and planks mixed up. Planned Parenthood is not kidnapping and killing innocent citizens. Planned Parenthood and other providers of counseling and health services do not make gory, sensationalist videos to radicalize and recruit disaffected youth (actually, that's what the anti-abortion crusaders have done to Isaac, and that's what he does now).

Planned Parenthood isn't even performing the kind of abortions Latterell discusses in South Dakota:

Planned Parenthood said it does not perform this abortion procedure and only performs first trimester abortions in South Dakota. Planned Parenthood spokesperson Jennifer Aulwes told TPM that the type of abortion described by Latterell is only performed after the first trimester, and any such abortions would have been performed by a doctor outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic [Caitlin MacNeal, "South Dakota Lawmaker: 'Planned Parenthood Worse Than ISIS'," TPM Livewire, 2015.02.18].

Rep. Latterell simply dismisses Planned Parenthood as liars, saying they must be performing the procedure and not telling the Department of Health. Latterell decorates his irresponsible diatribe with a lie of his own, a photo of a healthy, born baby, who unlike a fetus has constitutional rights and cannot be aborted.

Planned Parenthood promotes women's rights, public health, and science-based education. ISIS uses gore and lies to promote a brutal political regime that would endanger women's health and deny women their rights. If Rep. Latterell really wants to open the door to debating South Dakota legislation by comparing opponents to global terrorists, then he invites the critique that Isaac is a lot like ISIS.

p.s.: The Legislature appears not to recognize the irresponsibility of Rep. Latterell's rhetoric. They have so far failed to behead House Bill 1230, the legislation that commits the same ISIS confabulation about abortion that Rep. Latterell is peddling online. Say it again, people: abortion is a constitutional medical procedure, not terrorism.


  1. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    So, Latterell knows how to use wedge issues to raise money.

    Progressives aren't mourning the population growth of American Indians, African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos who are producing offspring at higher rates than European-Americans are. To the contrary: evolution relies on diversity.

    Rich women have full reproductive freedom while women at middle and lower income levels experience chilling effects on their rights. South Dakota's repeated attempts to restrict access to medical care is not only mean-spirited, it's discriminatory anti-choice extremism.

  2. SDBlue 2015.02.19

    Another South Dakota conservative politician making us a laughingstock on the national media stage. I cannot wrap my brain around this level of ignorance.

  3. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    Inflammatory language always gets me in trouble. In the death penalty hearings I got reprimanded for referring to the values of ISIS. I was there when Rep Latteral made this comment. Folks, ISIS beheads living human beings and the only group in America that does it are those who sell Abortions. We wouldn't dismember a bird without at least anesthesia. We are talking about the basic human trait of compassion and in the case of ISIS and Planned Parenthood, they are devoid of compassion for the living being and they are horribly cruel and callous.

  4. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    PS. I came to my senses on what we are doing in the death penalty. It's your turn to wake up to what we are doing killing biological human beings. It's about consistency in a life ethic and mercy and compassion. Please be open to changing your mind.

  5. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    So, rich women can fly to Minneapolis or Denver to receive medical attention while women at lower incomes are compelled to accept the consequences of rape or poor choices: how is that compassionate and not discrimination, Rep. Hickey?

  6. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    And another thing,

  7. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Rep. Hickey: how do you reconcile executive clemency for a person convicted of murder yet deny a woman's right to a routine medical procedure?

  8. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    What happened to my third post ?

  9. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    What apparently disappeared above were comments about how we can leave religion out of it. 2015 medicine and science are more than enough to make the case that abortion is wrong and That Planned Parenthood is wrong telling women it's a blob of tissue.

    I'm up here fighting for prenatal care for pregnant illegals because we spend a million dollars keeping alive one 21 week old premie. Planned Parenthood will happily dismember and kill it for $700. Please tell me that makes you uncomfortable, at least.

    It's the slaveholders mentality that some biological humans are more human than other biological humans. That's a dark dark ideology and society needs to say no more. We can love both mom and baby. That's a pro-woman position.

  10. SDBlue 2015.02.19

    I contend those who wish to legislate a woman's private reproductive decisions are devoid of compassion, horribly cruel and callous. I wish those in our government showed as much concern for a woman's personal medical decisions as they do for a zygote.

  11. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    "There are two kinds of abortion in the U.S. — in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill.
    Abortions are very common. In fact, 3 out of 10 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
    If you are pregnant, you have options. If you are trying to decide if abortion is the right choice for you, you probably have many things to think about. Learning the facts about abortion may help you in making your decision. You may also want to learn more about parenting and adoption.
    If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. Learn more about parental consent for abortion.
    Only you can decide what is best for you. But we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss abortion and all of your options with you and help you find the services you need."

    - See more at:

  12. caheidelberger Post author | 2015.02.19

    (Steve: not sure! third post is not in spam filter. It wasn't me!)

  13. Craig 2015.02.19

    Politicians shouldn't decide what is a "biological human being". Let's leave that up to the doctors and scientists please.

    It is also apparenty that Rep Hickey isn't fully up to date on what types of abortions Planned Parenthood performs, and it is always sad to see a politician rally against something which isn't happening. Yet another solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

  14. Bill Dithmer 2015.02.19

    More legalized "mind rape."

    The Blindman

  15. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    Wingnuts aren't scientific enough to say whether global warming is real,so this qualifies them to be OBGYNs and practice medicine without a license.

    If Hickey thinks birds aren't killed without anesthesia,he apparently has never hunted pheasants or seen chickens and turkeys slaughtered.

  16. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    You done good coming to your senses on the death penalty,some day you'll come to your senses about women's reproductive rights.

  17. Nick Nemec 2015.02.19

    Mandatory, comprehensive, fact based sex education and free, widely available contraceptives will do more to reduce the incidence of abortion than any abortion ban.

  18. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Nick: Latterell, et al. are scared spitless that as white people quit having kids they will lose political control to brown people. Elkton is quickly becoming a brown town.

  19. Bill Fleming 2015.02.19

    Mandatory, comprehensive, fact based education should perhaps be a prerequisite for admission into the South Dakota Legislature, Nick. It clearly isn't presently.

  20. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    The earth haters in the legislature know exactly what they are doing: they're raising money on the paranoia and hopelessness fed to their constituents by Fox and the Rapid City Journal.

  21. Jenny 2015.02.19

    Let's take care of the thousands of babies and children that are in the state of SD already and are breathing on their own but are being denied healthcare because their parents make a tiny bit over medicaid. Let's take care of those poor Pine Ridge children that are killing themselves (five young teens and preteens since December). I have cried for them and for the total disregard that state government has for those young children. They need your help Pastor Hickey and Latterell. Help them, they desperately need people that care. They need mental health counselors, they need doctors. Does the state government hear that? Are there deaths worth less than cells that can't live on their own?

  22. Dana P 2015.02.19

    I must have missed the bill that is blazing through the legislature that provides dollars for education about preventing unwanted pregnancies and providing birth control. Thus, reducing unwanted pregnancies, and the need for a women to exert her constitutionally protected right to an abortion. (constitutionally protected!! yes it is!!)

    I also must have missed the bill that assists women and/or their families, when they are prevented from exercising their constitutionally protected rights (re: taking away freedoms) ....when they give birth to a child that they can in no way take care of financially, physically, or emotionally.

    In this state, gun "rights" are trumped up like there is no tomorrow. When it comes to women's rights?? Trample, trample, trample. And, based on horribly false information.

    Mr Hickey (and other legislators).... please read up on history. See what happened in Romania when the communist regime, lead by Ceausescu, did to that country, to women, and to families - when outlawing abortions.

    What is that old cliche? About if we refuse to learn from history??

  23. Dana P 2015.02.19

    Mr Hickey, your comments about Planned Parenthood are false. Ok, I will just say it. You are lying. And "selling" abortions? Seriously?

    You are asking us to open our minds. Pot. Kettle. Black. I can not, and will not have my mind changed by propaganda that is inflammatory and false.

    By the way....have you come out as forcibly, as to the killing in war? killing in the name of oil? other things like that? or is it just the fetish about controlling women?

  24. Jenny 2015.02.19

    I've been to Planned Parenthood to grab some birth control. Very good doctors work there. I was taken care of, all my questions were answered. Women, don't listen to these men. Frankly, they're just full of it and want to control the female population.
    To all the men out there, please understand that there are thousands of responsible women that use Planned Parenthood everday for birth control purposes. It has helped prevent many unwanted pregnancies. Please don't listen to these men that run the SD legislature. It is some kind of control, obssessive disorder they have.

  25. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    Why do we have to choose between taking care of babies already born and those yet in the womb? We can care for both. I'm very good friends with the last South Dakota abortion doctor, Patti Giebink. She has spent time explaining what she did here for so many years, pulling children apart, reassembling the body parts on a tray to make sure there are two legs, two arms, a torso and a head. We are better than this, so much better. Craig, politicians aren't defining biological human beings - science has done that and the conclusions aren't up for debate. Planned Parenthood ignores them and people deceive themselves as we see above referring to things like Zygotes. This bill is a dismemberment bill and zygotes don't have ears, a nose, eyes etc etc.. I admitted I was wrong on the DP, you all need to admit you are wrong on the humanity of the unborn.

  26. Jenny 2015.02.19

    Pastor Hickey, do you support medicaid expansion and desperatetly needed dollars going to Pine Ridge to stop children from killing themselves? Or am I being too greedy to ask the state to help stop suicide?

  27. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Rep. Hickey, you tweeted about the suicide crisis in Indian Country and Pierre being silent: have you realized that raising campaign money is more expedient seeking civil rights for zygotes than it is for saving the lives of actual children?

  28. Randall 2015.02.19

    Fun Fact: "Roe vs. Wade" has saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women's lives since 1973.

  29. Bill Fleming 2015.02.19

    "Craig, politicians aren't defining biological human beings - science has done that and the conclusions aren't up for debate."

    Of course they are up for debate, Mr. Hickey, just as all evolution is up for debate, and climate change, and numerous other things science tells us... unless of course you are willing to embrace science and Darwinian natural selection as the new mythology of our era, and accept their tentitave conclusions as your new gospel, embracing them on faith without question. ;-)

  30. Jenny 2015.02.19

    We all know that Latterell and Hickey are against medicaid expansion even though it would help all those babies that can breath on their own. Politicians practicing selective questions as usual.

  31. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    Hickey makes it sound like we who support a woman's right to choose,automatically choose abortion. I have no say in that woman's decision. Why should politicians?

    The best anyone can/should hope for is she makes the right decision for herself. Libs don't go around accusing women who carry to term of being irresponsible,un-christian humans.

  32. Craig 2015.02.19

    Steve Hickey: "Craig, politicians aren't defining biological human beings - science has done that and the conclusions aren't up for debate."

    Science defines stages of human development. Embryogenesis is one of those stages, and the terms zygote and embryo are medical and scientific terms to describe specific stages yet you don't appear to like when those terms are used even if they are accurate to describe the stage at which most abortions may occur. You may define a "biological human being" however you wish, but that doesn't make it accurate. It would appear you would like to claim a zygote or embryo as a human being, and as such you would like to offer protections to them, but that doesn't seem logical when we know at that stage we are speaking of a mass of cells - not something with a head, torso, two arms, and two legs.

    I can see a point of view that indicates when a fetus is to a specific stage of development we should protect it... that makes sense to me, and I'd like to think it does for many Americans (athough those voices go unheard as those on the far extremes tend to speak the loudest). However we continue to see - year after year - these attempts to ban abortions at all levels, and although this bill tries to offer a narrow focus, we both know it is just a stepping stone and a way for a few politicians to add a bullet point to their next glossy card asking for campaign cash.

    What continues to confuse me is that since South Dakota doesn't have any facilites that practice the "beheading" that you and Rep. Latterell describe, all of this energy is being spent not for the sake of eliminating a practice, but to prevent something which does not occur. You may as well draft a bill banning the extraction of fossils from the planet Venus as it would have as much effect on abortion in South Dakota.

    For Latterell to make claims about beheadings by Planned Parenthood is simply dishonest - it's a shame instead of calling him out we see other politicians line up behind him. But hey - gotta get some of that Right-to-Life campaign cash right?

  33. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    Craig: Read my comments above where our states last Abortion doc described in detail to the how it is standard procedure to reassemble a deceased child on a tray to make sure all its members had been removed from the womb. We do this, and worse in SD.

  34. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    If it doesn't have a head,you can't hardly expect anyone to remove the head,let alone put it on public display. The procedure described is one that Planned Parenthood says they don't do. It would be done by a doctor in his office or hospital. I'm guessing your passion is blinding your comprehension.

  35. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    I also suspect it would be standard procedure for a miscarriage to make sure there is nothing left inside the woman to cause infections or worse.

  36. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    What is the Hippocratic Oath for right wing lawmakers? Pile on women?

  37. Craig 2015.02.19

    Steve I have a hard time believing Giebink when she has admitted in the past an abortion removed "just a piece of tissue" and suddenly a few years later she is 100% committed to the pro-choice movement.

    I'm not sure what her true motivation was then nor do I know what it is now... I just know she was either lying before, or she is lying now and therefore I don't consider her credible.

    I can get behind some restrictions - and I don't like the type of practice you are describing, but I also think our energy is best spent elsewhere. We allow kids to go hungry and go without healthcare, but at the same time we act as if abortion is the one true evil in South Dakota? I may have missed it, but where is the bill that would end child hunger in South Dakota? Where is the bill which would fully fund healthcare for those poor kids? What about funding to teach sex education or funding for birth control so we can eliminate the need for abortion in the first place?

    I suppose those bills aren't sexy enough.... always more fun to talk about beheadings and ISIS because that is where you draw the support from those organizations that have the deep pockets.

  38. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    What's next-banning high school marching bands from playing Louie,Louie?

  39. Jenny 2015.02.19

    How dare men like Hickey and Laterell ostracize women on what should be a very private, serious decision! How dare they flaunt their 'pro-life' beliefs on everyone when they refuse to talk about the poorest of children in their state that are killing themselves! How dare they are against providing healthcare for poor women and children. To have the balls to be against Planned Parenthood when it has done so much to avoid pregnancies by providing safe birth control and counseling to millions of women! Despicable.

  40. leslie 2015.02.19

    mfi-heck w/ 1950s Louie Louie, Cobblers marching band still plays 1960s "Huckleberry Hound" marching off the field to a cajun cadence!


  41. bearcreekbat 2015.02.19

    I really don't understand why the anti-choice legislators are only going after poor women rather than all pregnant women. Don't they know that without a new law preventing all women of childbearing age from traveling, that any woman who can afford it will be able the have her zygote/fetus beheaded in a different state or country that thinks each woman should have safe medical care available to remove an unwanted zygote/fetus from her body?

    And what about back alley abortions? Don't our anti-choice legislators recognized that if a pregnant women is not incarcerated, or at least under constant surveillance, that she might obtain an unsafe back alley type abortion if legal and safe alternatives are eliminated?

    So why don't these anti-choice legislators introduce bills to stop all rich women (who just might be pregnant) from traveling (to states or countries that provide safe health care), or bills to make sure a poor pregnant woman in South Dakota who can't afford to travel is under state control for the duration of her pregnancy?

    And why no laws to fund the safe removal and care of an unwanted fetus that is viable? Wouldn't that be more to your liking that beheading a viable fetus? And at only $1,000,000 or so for keeping the viable fetus alive outside the female, wouldn't this well be worth the cost? Or does the need to save tax dollars also trump the woman's right to decide who can use her body and when they can use it?

    Rep. Hickey? Rep. Laterell? Seriously, if you really want to prevent all abortions why aren't you advocating for the adoption of such laws? Please don't tell me that either of you just see this wedge issue as a way to raise money rather than a view that a woman's bodily integrity is secondary to that of the zygote/fetus?

  42. leslie 2015.02.19

    sorry mfi, 1959. we are still locked in the time warp!

  43. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    What's the difference between snagging paddlefish and using a coat hanger for an abortion?

  44. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    leslie-I'm having trouble remembering HH theme music. Have to look it up.

  45. 96Tears 2015.02.19

    Legislators like Latterell apparently want to wear guns on the House and Senate floor to better protect zygotes?

    If these sanctimonious jerks oppose birth control, nobody's putting a gun to their heads to do use birth control. Like the Taliban, they view government as the tool to force everyone to obey their narrow religious dictates. They should stay in their crazy churches and stop polluting our State Capitol and our laws with their superstitious, unfounded and unprovable garbage.

  46. caheidelberger Post author | 2015.02.19

    Update: ACLU-SD says the House hoghoused Latterell's bill this afternoon to make it a resolution-like affirmation of the sanctity of life. Details to follow....

  47. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    How dare, how dare how dare they. Relax. Dismembering any living thing is wrong. How dare people just sit silently by.

  48. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    Forgive the typos. I'm not at a computer.

  49. jerry 2015.02.19

    How many of these life saving (for the women) late term abortions do you know of Steve Hickey? Would you rather the woman died to have this rather than live to possibly have another child? You cannot have it both ways. As far as the pictures go, this is why you all like Fox News as it shows people being burned alive to go along with the beheadings. It all fits nicely into your religious war drum beating.

  50. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Very soon, there will be a YAG medical laser or cryogenic ablation procedure that will vaporize or freeze dry fetal tissue in situ that will then be presented to the patient or interned.

  51. Steve Hickey 2015.02.19

    In the hospital for a medically necessary pregnant termination they give baby anesthesia before taking it's life. Planned parenthood does it for back up birth control.

    It's wrong. We don't have to dismember a developing child to help a mom. Back to my earlier comment, time for you folks to acknowledge what science already does--- the humanity of the unborn.

  52. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Until the State of South Dakota signs off on trust funds for adoptable newborns a woman's right to make her own medical decisions should remain intact.

  53. Dana P 2015.02.19

    This could very well be a photograph of a late term abortion. "could be". Why do I question it? It is a link of a photograph. without any context as to when, where or how the photo was taken, it is just propaganda. A doctor's office in this country? a back room abortion....somewhere? Baby made to be carried to full term that was deceased? Maybe or maybe not even the result of an abortion?? It doesn't give me any evidence of how/why and what are the circumstances here. Of course, Mr Hickey doesn't have information about this.

    But again, he speaks as if he is an expert on Planned Parenthood, but I have a hunch that he has never visited a clinic to see exactly what does happen and that they don't "sell" abortions. Larry posted a portion of their website. Sure doesn't sound Isis-like to me.

    Soooo....if I showed you a photograph of multiple children, piled in the closet of a school room, where they were hiding.......slaughtered by a deranged gunman..... oh, never mind, I know the answer (by the way, if I had access to that photograph, I could provide context to it so it could be verified)

  54. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Rep. Hickey would be the first to recoil from a law that would subsidize ten years of financial support and medical insurance for any newborn born in South Dakota.

  55. jerry 2015.02.19

    I did not know this Larry. That will indeed be a much better procedure that will help even further to protect the woman's health and safety. No one is in favor of abortion in the late term stages, that is for sure, but it is that what saves the life of the woman.

  56. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    No procedure in South Dakota vivisecting fetal tissue takes place unless the woman's life is in peril.

  57. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    The sanctity of life is inversely proportional to a woman's ability to pay for an abortion.

  58. Dana P 2015.02.19

    Larry, wait, what? Mr. Hickey left some things out of his reckless and demonstrably false posts? say it ain't so!

  59. bearcreekbat 2015.02.19

    Rep. Hickey, the picture you posted raises several questions. The photo appears to a very late term abortion based on the visible physical features and development of the fetus.

    First, do you know the reason for terminating that particular pregnancy?

    Do you know whether the fetus was viable and alive or dying/already dead when removed?

    Do you know whether the woman's life was in danger absent removal? Would this matter to you?

    Do you know whether the woman's health was in serious danger absent removal? Would this matter?

    Do you know whether the medical situation reached a point where absent termination both the woman and the fetus were not expected to survive? Would this matter to you?

    Do you know whether the procedure used on this fetus was the safest method to protect the health and safety of the woman? If not, would you advocate for a more dangerous procedure that did not look so grisly to you?

    And finally, back to a question I have asked you several times, but you have never addressed - Assuming none of the above problems existed and that the fetus was alive and viable, would you support a bill that paid for the cost of removing the fetus alive and placing it in a premature birth unit at the cost of the state, rather than abort it?

    I am genuinely interested in accurate factual information about the photo and the reasons for the termination, if you have this information. If you don't know the answers to the above questions, then perhaps you are making assumptions that undermine your moral position. For example, if both the mother and the fetus were expected to die if the pregnancy was not terminated in the manner shown, and the fetus would not survive regardless, then wouldn't your moral compass find the termination to the woman to be a morally correct decision?

    I am asking you these questions in good faith, and would appreciate your comments on them if you are so inclined. Given your support for repealing the death sentence, which I agree with, I have great respect for your views and feel your answers to the questions I have posed might help us find some common ground on this difficult and complex question.

  60. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    $20 says Latterell's campaign war chest is seeing a nice upwardly mobile change after his little stunt.

  61. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    Here are some photos of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in dumbass dubya's war where he told Pat Robertson there would be no casualities. EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. DO NOT LOOK IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH. The humanity of innocent civilians doesn't fare so well .

  62. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    Thanks for the link,Susan. Shared with friends at the mudflats in Alaska.

  63. bearcreekbat 2015.02.19

    I'm with mfi - Thanks Susan for providing a little context to how PP functions and how those activities actually help so many people!

  64. grudznick 2015.02.19

    Perhaps young Mr. Lateral is planning a run for higher office. I, for one, hope not.

  65. mike from iowa 2015.02.19

    Do congressweasels have automatic protection from slander and/or libel cases?

  66. Roger Cornelius 2015.02.19

    Where in South Dakota are abortions performed?

  67. Jaka 2015.02.19

    Rep. Hickey/Latterell---when you are a woman faced by the decisions they are faced with, then , please resurface. Til then, back off,,,, you have no clue of what is taking place and you know it!

  68. tara volesky 2015.02.19

    Rep. Latterell and Rev. Hickey need to study the history of abortion. They think by outlawing abortion, it will go away. False. Before Roe vs. Wade there were Illegal abortions where pregnant women would die doing coat hanger abortions. As a little girl I would hear my parents discuss abortions that took place in Mobridge that where done in non sterile facilities and administered by non medical people that put these women's lives in jeopardy. I also talked to former Governor Harvey Wollman that told me before Roe vs. Wade abortions took place in the little town of Doland. Sorry, but there has always been abortion, and laws will never get rid of abortion. So, I don't think it is right to deceive the people by saying if we outlaw abortion, people will no longer get abortions. It's starts with honesty, not fantasy. Don't use abortion for political advancement and a fundraising tool.

  69. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Doc Maddox provided for the reproductive needs for the soiled doves in Deadwood before Bill Janklow needed to cover up the Jancita Eagle Deer allegations and shut down the brothels.

  70. Bill Dithmer 2015.02.19

    I didnt even have to say anything. Im proud of yall. Except for Hickey and Latterell, they both want something nobody should ever have, power over another humans body.

    These people trying to slip bills in the books that further inhibit a womans right to choose, remind me of a little boy that dreams of being an OBGYN. As he grows older, he realizes that his double digit IQ isnt gonna give him a shot at being a doctor, but he would be willing to remain an amateur and practice his kind of medicine. That would be the South Dakota legislature.

    Meanwhile in the news, reps Isaac Latterell, and Steve Hickey have added amateur gynecologist to their resume.

    Really boys isnt it time to grow out of it?

    The Blindman

  71. grudznick 2015.02.19

    In the 60's, Lar, the doors of color nearly wore out their hinges.

  72. Deb Geelsdottir 2015.02.19

    Dang. I start to develop a little respect for Hickey, then he reverts to shameless pandering.

    Hickey, what is the number of the bill mandating chemical or physical castration for deadbeat dads, rapists and child molesters? After all, if the state is going to control reproduction, let's get serious about it.

    And the bill that provides adequate resources for children living below the poverty level?

    Let's not forget the bill making it a felony on the parents who do not get every single vaccination for their children at the time mandated by the CDC.

    I'd love to follow each of those bills online and advocate for them.

    Last of all, answer BCB's and Jenny's questions.

    You know Hickey, this blog is calling you on your talk. We will believe you when we see congruent behavior. Your integrity is at stake.

  73. Tim 2015.02.19

    I don't know why people continue to fall into this republican abortion trap, just let them make their stupid little horseshit laws then take them to court, it all fails in court. Force the assholes to talk real issues, not this distracting shit that has been decided already. They are stealing the fing country right out from under your noses while you argue shit that was fought for and won 40 years ago.

  74. larry kurtz 2015.02.19

    Imagine the medical implements Doc Maddox used in the good ol' days in Deadwood, people; then wonder which side Isaac Latterell's bread is buttered.

  75. leslie 2015.02.20

    mfi-yah had tah' be there...crisp fall friday stadium nights, high school, cadence in the distance...marching outta the dark....still makes me smile. oh, the drummer behind that bit of madness wound up on fleetwood mac albums, on stage with paul maccartney...ect.

  76. Dana P 2015.02.20

    while the state of Texas has continued their march to take away women's freedoms, abortion still continues (many folks have already commented above that abortion WILL continue, no matter how much Sharia-esque Hickey and Lattrell try to control people) Abortion will not stop, but get more and more dangerous.

    What is happening in our state (and others) is extremely dangerous/reckless and is going to make things worse. Much worse. (probably already has) No matter how many grotesque photos that Hickey posts, that he can't back up with substantial evidence as to where the photo originated.

  77. Jenny 2015.02.20

    A lot of times, just reaching out and hugging someone that is in emotional pain helps more than anything in the world. It shows that you care. Please SD, help these kids. They deserve it.

  78. leslie 2015.02.20

    these traumatic events create post traumatic stress disorders families struggle with for generations, without adequate, accessible, affordable mental health care and research. the alternative: drugs, alcohol, rage, lost promise, violence, prison.

  79. tara volesky 2015.02.20

    Maybe instead of wasting time locally, Pastor Hickey and Rep. Lattrell should be lobbying Thune, Rounds and Noem to present a bill to outlaw abortion. That's how they get elected, now follow though and do what you campaigned on. The abortion issue needs to be directed to our pro-life congressional delegations. How many times has Thune or Noem tried to outlaw abortion?

  80. mike from iowa 2015.02.20

    Thanks for the link,Dana P. Already sent to friend Juanita Jean at the World's Most Dangerous Beauty Salon. She lives in that morass of saintly wingnut christian I meant christianhood.

  81. mike from iowa 2015.02.20

    ps-godswill is the "kool-aid" of choice for fauxknee christians.

  82. Deb Geelsdottir 2015.02.20

    " . . . a movement started by Black women to advocate for issues that affect us and our bodies, which have historically and systematically been oppressed, marginalized, and abused. It was a movement that I could relate to on a very personal level." Olivia Smarr.

    In this article the author wonderfully articulates why most women are opposed to laws restricting their right to control their own bodies. While she is clearly speaking from the perspective of a black woman about black women, her reasoning applies to all women.

  83. Richard Schriever 2015.02.20

    Unlike religion - being continuously open to debate and discussion is what science IS. NOTHING in science is unquestionable - or entirely "settled".

  84. Richard Schriever 2015.02.20

    IMO - the "guns" bills, and the abortion bills are really ONLY intended to raise funds. The crazier and the more national publicity they draw for being crazy, the more money flows into the coffers of the "nuts".

  85. mike from iowa 2015.02.21

    Excellent post,Deb. Obama really wasn't brought up the same way as philandering wingnuts named Screwdy Rudy,Snooty Newty, Slob Bob(Liningston who was SOH elect and stepped down for having affairs after castigating Clinton for same). Henry "pastey white" Hyde of Illinois was another philandering phuck.Pardon my French.

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  87. Jana 2015.02.21

    The ironic thing is the doc will say he's pro-life...ha..ha..ha...

    Of course any of the anti-choice, anti-women, anti-sexual preference people will give him a pass on endangering the life and humiliating a living and breathing human being and the child's parents. a$$.

  88. Deb Geelsdottir 2015.02.21

    Yes Mike, I have. Jana has nailed it.

  89. mike from iowa 2015.02.21

    It is ongoing at JJ's as we speak.Thanks to both of you.

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