By Will Hall, Message Editor
State Rep. Brian Sims’ (D-Phil.) berating of a mother and three teen girls April 18 and, three weeks later, another woman, all who were praying in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood clinic, has stirred up protests and calls for his removal from office, and netted a pro-life cause more than $125,000.
Sims posted internet videos of his verbal attacks.
In one he repeatedly called a woman “an old white lady,” accused her of being a “racist,” insulted her as “disgusting” and denigrated her faith while she quietly prayed for the women going into the abortion facility.
In the other Sims bullies a trio of girls after they had finished praying at a corner of the property. Later, the mother of two of the teens wrote in USAToday.com that she was concerned about the bounty Sims offered to anyone who would reveal the names and addresses of the minors.
Just days after the videos went viral, more than a thousand protestors showed up at the clinic to decry Sims’ actions, according to NBCPhiladelphia.com, with many calling for the openly gay activist to resign because of his abusive behavior toward the women and girls.
Sims, who lives across the street from the abortion facility, has responded online by admitting he “was aggressive” and pledging, “I will do better for the women of Pennsylvania.”
Meanwhile, the father of two of the teens responded by setting up a GoFundMe page to provide “diapers, wipes, articles of clothing for babies, and resources to mothers in need” as well as money to “a home caring for pregnant mothers” through the Pro-life Union of Philadelphia, setting a goal of $100,000.
More than 2,500 people contributed nearly $127,000 in about a week.