State Senator's Letter is Getting Backlash After Mention of a Nazi Concentration Camp

March 16th 2017

Almie Rose

One Kansas State Senator was not happy after he recently discovered that donations to Planned Parenthood were being made in his name.

Steve Fitzgerald

In fact, Sen. Steve Fitzgerald was so unhappy that he wrote an angry letter to Planned Parenthood on March 8, in which he expressed his "dismay" at having his name "blackened" and then compared Planned Parenthood to a Nazi-run concentration camp.

The Republican wrote having his name associated with Planned Parenthood was worse than having his name associated with Dachau, a concentration camp established by Nazis in 1933 that held more than 188,000 prisoners. Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides health services, posted a tweet with an image of the letter on March 10.

Naturally, people didn't take kindly to Fitzgerald's comparison:

Then, it got worse for Fitzgerald: People vowed to donate even more to Planned Parenthood in his name.

Fitzgerald stood by his decision to send the letter.

"It was either send them that or ignore it. I figured, I don’t want my name associated as a donation to Planned Parenthood, in my name, to go on undenounced by me," he told The Kansas City Star Monday. As to whether he stands by his decision to compare Planned Parenthood to Nazis, he didn't back down on that point either, instead going even further: "I think the Nazis ought to be incensed by the comparison." ATTN: has reached out to Fitzgerald for comment and will update this piece when we hear back.

Then, Fitzgerald compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Kux Klan, asking reporter Hunter Woodall for The Kansas City Star, "how about if I make a donation in your name to the Ku Klux Klan and publish it? ..If somebody made a donation to the Ku Klux Klan in your name and published it, how would you feel?"

[H/T The Huffington Post]