Houston's own State Sen. Dan Patrick has let it be known that he is, of course, against abortion in all forms, but it turns out the good senator -- who is taking a run at being becoming Texas lieutenant governor -- held stock in the company that makes Plan B, the "morning after" pill, one of the many sore spots of Texas anti-abortion activists.
Plan B is the pill you can take up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex to avoid actually getting pregnant. While some (read: those who have ever found themselves in the please-don't-let-me-be-pregnant crowd) look on this pill as a godsend, others (those who take the anti-abortion stance super-seriously) are against the pill as another method of destroying human life.
Members of the latter group came across information in Patrick's investment portfolio that indicated, to them, that he may not be as pro-life/anti-abortion as he seems. The investment information released in 2010 and reflecting investments made in 2009, included an interest in Teva Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the offending pill, according to Texas Tribune.
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Patrick also reported the holding to the Texas Ethics Commission during the rip-roaring abortion debate earlier this year in the Texas legislature (though considering he was one of the ones in there swinging to the fences to get the legislation through, Hair Balls is pretty sure the Texas Ethics Commission response to that revelation was, "And your point is?").
After two different pro-life activists heading two different groups, Carol Everett, founder and CEO of the Heidi Group, and Kyleen Wright, president of the anti-abortion group Texans for Life -- who also happen to have endorsed Patrick's Republican incumbent opponent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst -- raised questions about the stock Patrick used to own, Patrick released a statement blaming it all on his stockbroker (lesson: when in doubt, always blame the broker.)
"I didn't personally buy it or know I ever owned it. My stock broker bought and sold it," Patrick wrote in a text, according to the Texas Tribune. "The partnership that owns the stock does not own the stock today and apparently hasn't owned it since 2011."
The pro-life activists seemed to see once owning Teva stock -- which Patrick's broker eventually sold at a $4,000 loss -- as akin to being against Vietnam while having a stake in Dow Chemical, one of the makers of napalm. However, Patrick's people made a point of noting that the offending stock was both bought and sold without his knowledge. They also highlighted Patrick's very conservative record on all things abortion (he's agin' it.)