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PIERRE, SD, February 18, 2015 ( – Planned Parenthood beheads more Americans in a month than ISIS has in its entire existence, and that should end, a South Dakota lawmaker has said.

State Representative Isaac Latterell, R-Sioux Falls, has taken a step toward outlawing the beheading of the unborn in his state.


Earlier this year, he introduced the Preborn Infant Beheading Ban of 2015 (H.B. 1230), which states, “No licensed physician may knowingly behead a living unborn child with the intent of endangering the life or health of the child.”

The state House Health and Human Services Committee passed the bill yesterday by a 11-2 vote.

“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,” State Rep. Latterell said. He cited a recent article in which New York Times columnist David Brooks described beheading as “not just an injury or a crime” but “more like rape, castration, or cannibalism. It is a defacement of something sacred that should be inviolable.”

“Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions,” Latterell said.

Dismemberment is a common form of abortion in D&E abortion (Dilation and Extraction, or Dilation and Evacuation). According to WebMD, such procedures usually take place after 16 weeks of pregnancy.

The National Right to Life Committee has made banning dismemberment abortions, which account for 96 percent of all second-trimester abortions, a focal point of its legislative agenda this year. Bans against the practice have been introduced in Kansas and Oklahoma.

South Dakota's Planned Parenthood affiliate has told media outlets it does not perform D&E abortions. However, the state Department of Health’s website confirms a handful of D&E abortions have been performed each year since at least 2008, totaling less than one percent of the state's induced abortions.

“There are probably many more where the method used was unstated or stated incorrectly,” Latterell said. “Considering Planned Parenthood is the only clinic that does abortions, it is clear that they are lying either to the media or to the Department of Health.”

He wrote about his proposed law in an article posted on his website entitled, “Planned Parenthood is worse than ISIS and lying about it.” The abortion provider did not return requests for comment made by the Associated Press.

Abortionists from Kermit Gosnell to Ulrich “George” Klopfer have been caught including false, misleading, and sometimes bizarre data on legally required state abortion records.

State Rep. Latterell introduced the same measure last year, but the same committee killed the dismemberment ban by near mirror-image of yesterday's vote, 11-1.

If adopted, the Preborn Infant Beheading Ban of 2015 would make beheading an unborn child a Class 1 felony, carrying a punishment of up to 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

It specifically exempts procedures necessary to save the mother's life, as well as the curettage and aspiration forms of abortion.

Latterell said growing up in a large family of nine children, with sisters who have special needs, helped him learn “the value of every person from conception to natural death” – the theme of this year's March for Life and a dogma conspicuously absent from the Islamic fundamentalism embraced by terrorists.

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“No state, no religion, and no organization should ever be allowed to use this unspeakably horrifying method” of murder, State Rep. Latterell 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.”