By Dave Andrusko
Once news spread of how a pro-abortion Pennsylvania state Rep. had harassed a peaceful elderly woman praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic, it wasn’t long before we learned that this was not the first time Brian Sims (D-Pa.) had harangued pro-lifers. Only this time it was not an elderly woman but three young teenagers and the mother of two of them.
Here’s how Greg Argos of CBS Philly explaining what happened:
The mother of two of the young girls Sims recently confronted says she was concerned for her family’s safety.
Ashley Garecht didn’t know Sims was an elected official until Monday, but the April 18 confrontation outside of Planned Parenthood has caused national outrage.
Garecht says she was out front of the Planned Parenthood facility located on the corner of 12th and Locust Streets in Center City with her 13- and-15-year-old daughters and their 15-year-old friend when Sims approached them.
According to Garecht, they were “primarily there to pray.”
“I was concerned to keep my girls safe,” Garecht said. “I thought it was very important that I stay calm for their sake. Out of an abundance of caution, we did file a report with our local police because our children were trying to be identified on the internet.”
Sims videotaped both confrontations (both of which he initiated) and in each case loudly offered money if someone could identify the pro-lifer and where they lived. As Garecht told Argo what “made her so upset was the apparent $100 bounty Sims put on identifying the three teenagers.
“Garecht said she simply wants Sims to address his own actions toward the teenagers and offer them a direct apology.
“’Absent the pro-life issue, this was about an adult interacting with minors in an aggressive manner and an adult infringing on minors’ speech,’ Garecht said.
Sims has since taken considerable flack. As NRL News Today reported yesterday, he subsequently offered one of those “if it offends you” apologies in which he justified everything he did and then concluded, “I can do better, and I will do better, for the women of Pennsylvania.”
All the women, that is, except Garecht, the three teenage girls, the unidentified elderly woman, and any other pro-life female.
As I write this post, Argos is covering a “Rally against Bullying” that took place at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia where Sims (a former football player) filmed the pro-lifers. The stated goal of the pro-life rally is “to show that peaceful prayer volunteers cannot be silenced or bullied out of standing up for what they believe.”