Senator Steve Fitzgerald (R-Leavenworth) contacted Planned Parenthood last week to say a donation in his name is “as bad – or worse – as having one’s name associated with Dachau,” a concentration camp that killed an estimated 31,951 in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
Given the opportunity to walk back the statement on Monday, Fitzgerald only conceded that he did not go far enough.
“I think the Nazis ought to be incensed by the comparison,” Fitzgerald told the Kansas City Star.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards called Fitzgerald’s comments disturbing and said he should be ashamed.
Fitzgerald is a strong abortion opponent. He sent a letter to Planned Parenthood Great Plains last week after learning a donation had been made in his name.
He said in his letter on official Senate stationery that such a donation in his name was worse than “having one’s name associated with Dachau.”