A large pro-life event is being planned outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Pennsylvania after a state lawmaker filmed himself harassing pro-life, Christian protesters.
Democratic State Rep. Brian Sims posted the videos recently to social media websites. In one, he confronts four females, including three teenagers, outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Center City, Philadelphia.
“What we’ve got here is a bunch of protesters—a bunch of pseudo-Christian protesters—who have been out here shaming young girls for being here. I’ve got $100 for anybody who’ll identify any of these three,” he said.
“So, look, a bunch of white people standing in front of a Planned Parenthood shaming people. There’s nothing Christian about what you’re doing … nothing Christian, loving, or godly about what you’re doing. I’ve got $100 for anybody who’ll identify them,” he added.
As he asks followers to doxx, or reveal private information about, the girls, the woman tells him, “What we’re actually doing is praying for the babies and we believe that women deserve more.”
When the women leave, Sims turns to a young man who was standing nearby. “It would be easier if you would just tell me your name and address,” the state representative tells the man.
A number of prominent conservatives said they were planning to attend the May 10 protest outside the clinic, including Abby Johnson, whose story of leaving Planned Parenthood was recently made into the movie, “Unplanned.”
Live Action founder Lila Rose, Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh, and Ashley Garecht were also planning on attending.
The response to our rally in Philly has been incredible. This has turned into a beautiful moment of unity for people all across the pro-life movement. I think Friday will be special. Grateful to be part of it.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 8, 2019
I have an idea. Let’s collaborate to show up outside of every abortion clinic in this country on Friday, May 10. Let’s show these abortion supporters that: 1. We won’t be bullied. 2. We will continue to stand against the abortion clinics who bully children til death. Who’s in?
— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) May 7, 2019
Garecht was the woman in the video and two of the three girls Sims was trying to doxx were her daughters.
“Brian Sims is a bully, deliberating picking on people who cannot stand up to him, seeking identifying information on underage girls for who knows what reasons, and calling people horrible and offensive names online for everyone to see,” Johnson said in a statement to the conservative Daily Wire website.
“It’s time for the pro-life movement to show abortion supporters that their attempts to bully and berate us will not go unnoticed or unchecked. We will hold them accountable for their despicable behavior,” said Johnson. “No women’s rights organizations have condemned his hate speech or bullying of an elderly woman.”
“My sincere hope is that real good can come from this crazy situation, that the pro-life union of Philadelphia would be able to raise significant funds to support their critical mission in Philadelphia as they try to support women and their children, especially the unborn, and help get out the word about options and alternatives to abortion that are available to mothers in Philadelphia and its five surrounding counties,” Garecht added.
Sims has not apologized for the videos. He posted a new clip on May 7 in which he said he’d lived near the clinic and served as a patient escort for years. A number of girls who had gone to the clinic for care were harassed by protesters, he said.
“I know that two wrongs don’t make a right,” he said, “and I can do better, and I will do better, for the women of Pennsylvania.”
I will fiercely protect a woman’s right to make the best choices for her health & her body, unimpeded. I also know that two wrongs don’t make a right, especially on the front lines of a civil rights battle. I can do better, and I will do better, for the women of Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/jURL1UX9qE
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 7, 2019
The clips he posted did not include anyone harassing people trying to go to the clinic.