Good grief: we’re headed for a 2016 Legislative Session dedicated to the distraction of abortion politics. So signals new South Dakota Right to Life president and District 4 Representative Fred Deutsch:
Deutsch, a Watertown chiropractor, is also a Republican State Representative. He says, in response to the Planned Parenthood abortion videos, he plans to introduce a bill in Pierre to restrict the sale of unborn body parts in South Dakota. Deutsch says it’s a preventative bill as there is no evidence that such sales have happened in the state. Deutsch believes even some pro-choice state lawmakers would support his bill since it does not restrict abortion itself [Mark Russo, “South Dakota Abortion Foe Shares His Plans,” KELO-AM Radio, 2015.09.07].
“Preventative bill”—code for “Not actually a problem, but better for Republican campaign rhetoric than focusing on K-12 funding.”
Also code for continuing the attack on women’s rights and science in the name of Jesus:
Consider the example of Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers are calling for a government shutdown unless federal funds for Planned Parenthood are stripped from spending bills for the fiscal year starting October 1st. Why? Because Planned Parenthood provides fetal tissue samples from abortions to scientific researchers hoping to cure diseases, from Alzheimer’s to cancer. (Storing and safeguarding that tissue requires resources, and Planned Parenthood charges researchers for the costs.) It’s clear that many of the people protesting Planned Parenthood are opposed to abortion on religious grounds and are, to varying degrees, anti-science. Should this cause scientists to clam up at the risk of further offending or alienating them? Or should we speak out loudly to point out that, independent of one’s beliefs about what is sacred, this tissue would otherwise be thrown away, even though it could help improve and save lives? [Lawrence M. Krauss, “All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists,” The New Yorker, 2015.09.08]
Never mind that putting fetal tissue samples to good use is more moral than throwing them in the garbage. Never mind that the deceptive videos Rep. Deutsch and his GOP colleagues will hyperventilate about come January were put-up jobs manipulated well beyond any reliability. The SDGOP has points to score and issues to avoid.