Hero: Pennsylvania lawmaker Brian Sims is under attack by conservative Christians after confronting anti-abortion protesters outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood.
State Rep. Sims recently confronted anti-abortion protesters outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood clinic and broadcast his interactions via social media:
Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE! They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please! #YouAreStrongEnough https://t.co/rYQOiAhC0D
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 2, 2019
In the video, Sims confronts an older woman protesting. The following is a partial transcript:
Shame on you for hiding your face at the same time that you’re shaming other people … What you’re doing here is disgusting. This is wrong … Shame on you, ma’am, for standing out here thinking you know what’s right for other people’s bodies … An old white lady telling people what to do with their bodies? Shame on you … This is disgusting. This is shameful … If you’re a white person like I am, we have a lot of catching up to do, we have a lot to apologize for, and I’m going to start by apologizing for this woman. Shame on you. What you’re doing here is disgusting … Don’t convince yourself that what you’re doing isn’t extremely racist. How dare you. This is grotesque …
How many Catholic churches are you protesting after 400 priests in Pennsylvania [were] indicted for child molestation… The amount of mental gymnastics it must take to think that you have a right to tell a woman what’s right for her body and yet you will support a faith that has molested children across the planet? Shame on you.
WATCH: Pennsylvania State Representative @BrianSimsPA harasses an elderly woman who is peacefully advocating for the lives of preborn human beings and women who are considering abortion.
This is shameful. https://t.co/Xb9pkFZSXC
— Live Action (@LiveAction) May 5, 2019
When confronted by anti-abortion conservatives on Twitter, Sims replied:
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 5, 2019
Bring it, Bible Bullies! You are bigots, sexists, and misogynists and I see right through your fake morals and your broken values.
The video recordings went viral on Twitter, with many angry conservatives taking shots at the Democratic lawmaker:
Disgraceful!!! Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims harasses an shy elderly woman praying the rosary peacefully for the lives of unborn babies and women who are considering abortion. Please Let him know what think of this evil harassment! @BrianSimsPA pic.twitter.com/w6JC8I1o1s
— Fr. Frank Pavone �� (@frfrankpavone) May 6, 2019
Wow. An elected Dem state rep, a “College Football Captain,” videos himself (presumably he’s proud of this behavior) harassing, insulting & haranguing an elderly lady who quietly prays for him. In what universe are elected officials supposed to treat their constituents like this? https://t.co/f5ysJtE0xG
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 6, 2019
Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims targeted a protester for her race and gender.
“An old white lady….”
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 5, 2019
In a more recent video Sims admitted that he had been “aggressive,” noting:
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.
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
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Brian Sims Confronts Anti-Abortion Protesters (Image via Twitter)