Is a pro-abortion Pennsylvania lawmaker trying to doxx pro-life women who sidewalk counsel outside a Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia?
State Rep. Brian Sims is facing backlash this week after he posted a video of himself bullying an older pro-life woman as she prayed outside an abortion facility. In the video, Sims put out a public call for the pro-life woman’s address so that people could protest at her home.
LifeNews recently learned of a second video that Sims posted several weeks ago where he made a similar request. He offered his viewers $100 to identify four pro-life women who were peacefully praying outside the same Planned Parenthood.
His requests suggest that the state representative may be trying to intimidate pro-life advocates through doxxing, an online practice where a person’s name and contact information are posted publicly online usually to encourage harassment.
Sims posted the second video on his Facebook page three weeks ago. He began by introducing himself and calling for support of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America. Then, he turned the camera to four pro-life women who were peacefully sidewalk counseling outside the facility.
“What we’ve got here is a bunch of … pseudo Christian protesters who’ve been out here shaming young girls for being here. So, here’s the deal, I’ve got $100 to anybody who will identify these three, and I will donate to Planned Parenthood,” Sims said.
One of the young women responded that she is not white. Another said they simply are praying for women, and they believe women deserve better than abortion. Then, they walked away.
Sims then turned to another man on the sidewalk and asked for his name and address. After the man gave his name and home town, Sims replied: “What makes you think it’s your job to tell women what to do with their bodies? The truth is I’m not really asking because I don’t care. Shame on you!”
Then, the state representative claimed the pro-lifers were “attacking” women and Planned Parenthood.
His harassment, videotaping and online postings may have violated consent and cyberbullying laws.
In the first video, which Sims also posted publicly online late last week, he also appeared to be attempting to doxx an older pro-life woman by asking his viewers for her name and address.
“Shame on you!” Sims said as the woman asked him to get his camera out of her face. “You have a problem protesting in public? Don’t protest in public!
“If you know who this woman is and you can give me her address, we’ll protest out in front of her home. Let’s go protest out of her house and tell her what’s right for her body,” he continued.
For most of the video, the woman silently bore Sims’ constant bullying. The exception was when he got his camera close to her face and she asked him not to.
Sims also repeatedly exerted his power and privilege by mentioning that he is a state representative, including when the woman appeared to be calling police.
His bullying continued for at least eight minutes, the length of the video.
“Today’s protester, now she is an old white lady who is going to try to avoid showing you her face,” Sims began, according to a transcript by the Daily Caller. “But the same laws, luckily, that protect her from being out here also protect me from showing you who she is. And so my hope is that you’ll donate $100 [to Planned Parenthood] for every extra hour that this woman is out here telling people what is right for their bodies.”
Live Action tweeted about the video over the weekend. Sims responded on Twitter by calling the pro-life organization “bullies.”
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 5, 2019
PJ Media’s Megan Fox predicted harassment against pro-lifers and Christians will only get worse:
If the [Pennsylvania] General Assembly does not act to stop this maniac, then the next thing coming down the pike is going to be feeding pro-lifers to zoo animals for entertainment. That’s where this is going. The open harassment of Christians must be stopped or it will end with blood at the hands of these hate-filled bigots without boundaries. He actually encourages everyone watching the video to go out and confront any protester they see at a Planned Parenthood abortion mill. Did he call for criminal harassment? It sure sounds like it.
LifeNews and other pro-life groups have witnessed an alarming uptick in these type of incidents against pro-lifers. This spring, there were at least two physical assaults on elderly pro-life advocates in Kentucky and California. The Kentucky incident left a sidewalk counselor with a broken leg that required surgery and rehabilitation.
And, according to Students for Life of America, pro-life student clubs were victims of more than 50 acts of vandalism this school year.