Americans are being called to stand publicly against those who bully pro-lifers, a tactic brought into the limelight recently by a Democratic politician who has a history of berating activists who stand outside abortion clinics advocating for the unborn.
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims posted an eight-minute video of himself harassing an elderly woman praying at a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood, calling her an "old white lady" and "racist." Sims and his tactics have been condemned by a Catholic archbishop, a U.S. senator, and the dad of some teenage pro-lifers he intimidated as they prayed outside the abortuary.
Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League tells OneNewsNow that Sims "has a practice of going out to the Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia that is close to where his apartment is and haranguing the pro-lifers who are out there."
On his video, Sims asked people to identify and publicly release the addresses and phone numbers of the three teens girls and the unidentified elderly woman, presumably for further harassment online.
Maria Gallagher of the Pennsylvania Po-life Federation details Sims' latest difficulty. "The Pennsylvania GOP has sent a request to the U.S. attorney, the [Pennsylvania] attorney general, and the Philadelphia district attorney seeking a criminal investigation into the outrageous conduct by … Sims," she explains.
Rallies at PP clinics
Today, several hundred people are expected to rally at the Philadelphia clinic, including Lila Rose of Live Action and former abortion clinic director and current pro-lifer Abby Johnson, who spoke about Sims on Fox News.
"This guy is completely unhinged. He is absolutely unfit to serve in office and he needs to be called out," she stated. Johnson has invited Sims to the event for a dialogue about abortion.
According to Scheidler, people will be at abortion clinics Friday throughout the country "to stand in solidarity with the people of Philadelphia who have been hassled by Brian Sims and also to stand up to these pro-choice bullies and show that this is a strong movement … that will not be cowed by this harassment and obnoxious behavior."
The Pennsylvania Republican Party demanded that Sims apologize but it was described as "half-hearted" and "extremely weak."
"We are calling for the resignation of Representative Brian Sims," Gallagher adds. "He has disgraced his office; he's overstepped his authority. He violated the civil rights of women who were simply praying outside an abortion facility."
Gallagher also told OneNewsNow that local authorities are looking into the matter but adds elected officials should understand not to badger or hound people who are exercising their First Amendment rights.