By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The saga surrounding pro-abortion Pennsylvania state Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) continues.
If you’ll recall, Sims made national headlines when he harassed a trio of teenagers and an older woman praying outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood facility. He immortalized the encounters by videotaping and posting them himself.
He even offered a bounty to anyone who would provide the names and addresses of the women he harassed.
His social media faux pas sparked a massive rally of more than 1,000 people who jammed the street in front of the abortion facility where the harassment occurred.
Following a national uproar, Sims issued a video “apology” which seemed to offer little in the way of real regret.
A Philadelphia television station is reporting that Sims made another attempt at an apology this week during a meeting on LGBTQ rights. But it does not appear that the women he harassed were present at the meeting at which the subsequent apology occurred.
Sims disgraced his office with his shameful behavior toward women. I myself encountered his dismissive attitude toward women when I sent him a questionnaire to document his views on the life issues. His response?
“Get a life, Maria.”
Now, a number of Sims’ colleagues are telling him to get a new job. They want to take away his committee assignments for his outrageous mistreatment of women.
If you live in Pennsylvania, please encourage your state representative to urge Rep. Sims to resign. It would be a just resolution of a dark episode in Pennsylvania politics.