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.”