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SB 110: Novstrup Attacks Planned Parenthood for Exercising Free Speech

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.


  1. David Newquist 2018-01-23 15:16

    I think Tapio has inspired a competition to see who can show the smallest mind and the most malice.

  2. Donald Pay 2018-01-23 16:26

    Pretty soon they’ll be telling people they have to copy the state seal exactly, or face jail time. Oh, wait. That’s already a bill.

    These people are extremely fascistic. Deport them all to Russia.

  3. mike from iowa 2018-01-23 16:43

    Doesn’t this guy have a ferris wheel or roller coaster he can fall off? Tapio holds ’em while this guy kicks them when they’re down?

  4. suka sapa 2018-01-23 17:04

    one word – douche. OK, two words – complete douche.

  5. Robin Friday 2018-01-23 19:56

    Four words: Novstrup needs to GO. . .as in “go home and stay there”.

  6. Jason 2018-01-24 00:25

    Is this the correct thread to discuss the sale of dead baby body parts?

    I’m a science guy so I am all in.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-01-24 05:50

    [Do you just stay up past midnight to wage distractions, Jason? Novstrup’s bill makes no mention of your irrelevant comment.]

  8. jason 2018-01-24 07:25


    Why don’t you want to discuss the sale of aborted body parts? It’s a real world reality.

  9. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-01-24 11:38

    Red herring—does SB 110 mention that topic? My impression was that SB 110 is all about Al Novstrup and other supposed small-government conservatives being cheesed that Planned Parenthood says more than the speech the SD Legislature tries to compel. That’s the topic here, right?

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