Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick may join the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field — but when it comes to abortion he’s just like all of the other pro-abortion candidates.
Patrick is the latest Democrat to consider joining the 2020 Democratic presidential primary fray. He has been considering a bid for some time — not surprising given the lackluster Democrat field. But he would begin a campaign well behind in everything that matters in presidential races: name recognition, fundraising, a political operation, online presence, etc.
Rep. Tim Ryan, a former presidential candidate, mentioned that to AP as he endorsed Joe Biden.
“I think it’s super late to be getting in. I don’t know what they would add to the race. I’m not sure where Bloomberg or Deval would fit in.”
Patrick is a nonstarter for pro-life voters. He’s a former Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, the nation’s largest abortion business. When he supported legislation to suppress pro-life free speech, one pro-life leader issued a warning about him.
“Lawmakers need to be aware that Patrick’s personal history with Planned Parenthood makes him prejudiced against pro-life speech. His twisted view of pro-life activists has tainted his perspective. He clearly has an axe to grind,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Supreme Court spoke clearly on the unconstitutionality of infringing on the First Amendment right of protesters. Now Patrick is at it again, trying to further limit pro-life speech at abortion facilities where women often want and appreciate the help offered by pro-life supporters. The women who need and want help to avoid abortions are the ones Patrick is hurting the most.”
Operation Rescue obtained documents that show Patrick sat on the Planned Parenthood Board in the early 1990’s. His name is prominently featured in Planned Parenthood’s Board Meeting minutes and on Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts letterhead.
One letter featuring Patrick as a Board Member, dated May 4, 1993, concerns a woman whose daughter may have suffered injuries at Planned Parenthood and received a refund for services rendered. [View Documents, esp. p. 3.]
Patrick, an African-American, is apparently unbothered by the racist roots of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who proposed abortion and birth control as a way to “exterminate the Negro population.” (Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.)
“There can be no doubt that when women change their minds outside of abortion facilities and make decisions to continue their pregnancies, Planned Parenthood loses money. It seems that Patrick is more concerned about Planned Parenthood’s bottom line than he is about truly helping women, especially women of color who are disproportionally targeted for abortion,” said Newman. “Denying pro-life supporters their constitutionally protected rights to further his abortion agenda is stepping far over the line and is an abuse of his position as governor.”
“It is clear that Gov. Patrick is trying to do an end-around the Supreme Court decision and the Constitution by wrongly vilifying pro-life sidewalk counselors in order to protect the flow of money into the abortion cartel in his state,” said Newman. “In the interest of full disclosure, his ties to Planned Parenthood abortion businesses should be known before the State House of Representatives acts in response to Patrick’s personal – and blatantly unconstitutional — biases.”
Patrick also came under fire for using a taxpayer-funded web site to promote abortion.