Senator Al Novstrup is attacking Planned Parenthood with a campaign speech—or maybe a lawsuit—disguised as legislation.
Monday the Aberdeen Republican filed Senate Bill 110, which includes fifteen sections accusing Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls of saying something beyond the speech Novstrup and other big-government legislators have forced on women’s reproductive health providers and only one section of actual legislation. SB 110 alleges (a funny thing for a bill to do, alleging instead of enacting) that staff at Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls preface the propaganda and ideological persuasion Novstrup and other Republicans have forced on them with this perfectly true statement: “Politicians in the State of South Dakota require us to tell you….”
Al Novstrup seems to be just like his pal Neal Tapio: he just can’t stand it when people tell the truth. He also seems to forget that the Legislature isn’t supposed to pass “special laws” that single out specific individuals, associations, or corporations. (Of course, that constitutional provision only prohibits special laws granting privileges, franchises, or immunities; nothing in Article 3 Section 23 says you can’t say mean things about specific groups… so again, Novstrup attacking Planned Parenthood is just like his pal Tapio attacking Lutheran Social Services, the ELCA, the Presentation Sisters….)
Section 16 is the only part of SB 110 that actually changes South Dakota law, and it amends the language pregnancy counseling centers are forced to use. It takes no clear action against Planned Parenthood beyond the already draconian and unconstitutional restrictions South Dakota has imposed on the women seeking Planned Parenthood’s services.