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(1)  A bill moving through the South Dakota legislature would make it legal to murder abortion providers:

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman’s father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one.

(2)  GOP legislator Connie O’Brien in Kansas was speaking in favor of rescinding a pro-immigration law when she recounted a story about a student she saw while enrolling her son at Kansas City Kansas Community College last year.  She claimed that the student she saw was an illegal immigrant.  When asked by another lawmaker how she knew the student was an illegal immigrant, Ms. O'Brien replied:

“Well, she wasn’t black, she wasn’t Asian and she had the olive complexion.”