Pro-Life Rally in Response to Brian Sims’ Bullying

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 8, 2019   

Pro-lifers gathering outside Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia on May 10

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PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) - After a state representative verbally harassed pro-lifers outside an abortion mill, the pro-life movement is responding with a rally.

In an online video last week, Democrat Brian Sims shouted at a pro-life demonstrator outside a Planned Parenthood facility. He can be heard screaming at the woman, saying things like, "Shame on you!" and, "You have a problem protesting in public? Don't protest in public!"

In response to Sims' verbal harassment, pro-lifers are organizing a rally outside that same Planned Parenthood location. On Twitter, Matt Walsh said on Monday, "Let's organize a giant pro-life rally at the abortion clinic in Center City where Brian Sims has been harassing children and elderly women."

He said in a follow-up tweet, "It's happening. 11 AM on Friday."

Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson also tweeted about this Friday's pro-life rally, saying, "Let me clarify, Brian Sims. I will be at that same PP clinic at 11am this Friday, May 10. So be sure to reschedule your mani-pedi so you can make it. Wanted to give you plenty of time to coordinate your schedule."

After widespread backlash to the video of him yelling at a pro-lifer, Sims issued a response video in which he said he has lived near that Planned Parenthood location "for the last 15 years" and volunteered as an escort for the clinic during "the last seven years." Sims slammed the "protesters" he has seen over the years, accusing them of intimidating Planned Parenthood's clientele with "insults," "slurs," "attacks" and "racism."

Sims said in the video, "I know that two wrongs don't make a right, and I can do better, and I will do better, for the women of Pennsylvania."

Michael Voris replied to this, "What a load of garbage. There was only ONE wrong, and YOU committed it. This isn't an apology - it's a limp-wristed response to the blowback you got for your harassment of an 'old white woman,' to use your term."

In the video that started the controversy, Sims asked viewers to doxx the pro-life woman, saying, "If you know who this woman is and you can give me her address, we'll protest out in front of her home. Let's go protest out of her house [sic] and tell her what's right for her body."

The video of Sims harassing the woman goes on for eight-and-half minutes. The pro-lifer remained silent for most of Sims' rant, only saying something when he held the phone close to her face. 

 

Sims said at one point, "Shame on you, ma'am, for standing out here thinking you know what's right for other people's bodies. There are women that come here from counties away, miles away, because people like you are standing out in front of their Planned Parenthood shaming them."

The Democrat politician accused the woman of forcing her beliefs on others, arguing, "There's no faith that tells you, you are right and everybody else is wrong. There is no faith that tells you it's your job to stand out here and shame people for something that they have a right to do. This is disgusting. This is wrong. This is shameful."

After this video was widely shared online, it was revealed that Sims has done this to other pro-lifers in the past. 

In a video from a few weeks prior, Sims approached a group of people praying outside Planned Parenthood — including several teenage girls, apparently minors — and offered $100 to any viewers who could doxx them.

"Here's the deal," he said to viewers, "I've got a hundred dollars to anybody who will identify any of these three," gesturing toward three teenage girls.

A woman accompanying the girls tried to talk with Sims, then led the teens away as the state legislator continued yelling. One of the girls appeared to offer a sarcastic "sorry" to Sims as they walked away.

Next, Sims approached a young man praying the Rosary, got his name, and offered a hundred dollars to anyone who would publish the young man's home address online.

Sims' videos and his efforts to doxx minors might be drawing attention from law enforcement. Taking these videos and sharing them online was arguably in violation of Pennsylvania law, which requires two-party consent for video recordings. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania has requested that the state attorney general investigate.

Sims is the first openly gay man to be a state legislator in Pennsylvania. In June last year, he stirred up controversy when he posed for a photo sticking up the middle finger, claiming the gesture was directed at Vice President Mike Pence.

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