Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon (D) thinks that ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists should be protesting against the institution that many would argue poses the biggest threat to black lives in America – Planned Parenthood.
Patmon spoke during a rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday after he co-sponsored new legislation that would cut off all state funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of video footage which shows Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.
Patmon said his mother would have been a “prime candidate” to have an abortion given her lack of opportunities and education, but he was thankful that she “didn’t get rid of this one.”
Patmon challenged those who would claim that abortion is none of his business by asserting, “It is my business, especially 17 million of them are black women. 17 million, more than any other population. 17 million that look, and act, and talk, and would be similar to myself. But, even more than that, they’re Americans, and they’re human beings.”
The Democratic rep also had some stinging words for ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists.
“You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about Black Lives Matter,” said Patmon. “Well, they skipped one place, they should be in front of Planned Parenthood. They skipped one place, not just the police department, stand in front of Planned Parenthood. Black lives matter. American lives matter.”
Patmon pointed out that of the 5,499 abortions that take place in Cuyahoga County, which he represents, “63% are black women.”
Last month we also highlighted the comments of black civil rights icon and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, who dismissed concerns about the Confederate flag by asserting that the real focus should be on why 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks.
A new poll shows that 63 per cent of Americans oppose defending Planned Parenthood, although the survey was organized by the group itself.
Black women are more than five times more likely to have an abortion that white women. 4.4 million black babies have been aborted since 1990, which equates to 11% of the black population.