During a rally outside the Ohio statehouse on Tuesday, Ohio State Rep. Bill Patmon, a Democrat, said the demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement, which targets the police, should include Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about ‘black lives matter.’ Well they skipped one place. They should be in front of Planned Parenthood,” said Patmon, who is African-American.
Patmon, along with state officials, representatives from the Ohio Right to Life, and other pro-life groups spoke during the rally, urging action against Planned Parenthood on the heels of the release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the delivery of baby body parts obtained during abortions.
In Cuyahoga County alone, which Patmon represents, a majority of the women who had abortions were black.
“You say, ‘Well, you’re kind of strident, aren’t you?’ I say, ‘no, not when 5,499 abortions are in Cuyahoga County, which I happen to represent, and 63 percent of them are black women. 63 percent of them are of a certain hue in their skin,” he said.
“Black lives matter,” and “American lives matter,” Patmon said.
Patmon announced that he has authored legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, noting that 17 million pregnant women who had abortions from the nation’s largest abortion provider were black women.
“It is my business, especially when 17 million of them are black women, 17 million – more than any other population – 17 million that look and act and talk …similar to myself, but even more than that, they’re Americans, and they’re human beings,” Patmon said.
Patmon reflected on his family history, noting that his mother who only had an eighth grade education would have been a “prime candidate” for Planned Parenthood.
“She would have been just what [Planned Parenthood is] looking for – not much education, a desire to succeed, and being told, ‘You can do this later. Let’s get rid of this one,’” Patmon said. “Well she didn’t get rid of this one.”