Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, notorious for bullying young teenage girls who were praying outside an abortion facility and offering money to anyone who would identify them publicly, lashed out at pro-lifers again Wednesday during a state House debate about pro-life legislation.
Sims, D-Philadelphia, ranted against Republican state lawmakers, blasting them as anti-woman and racist before they passed a bill to require health care clinics and abortion facilities to offer mothers the option of burial or cremation for their miscarried and aborted babies, the Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau reports.
The bill, the Unborn Child Dignity Act, also would ensure that abortion facilities do not throw out aborted babies with other medical waste.
On Wednesday, the bill passed the state House with bipartisan support, but Sims singled out Republicans in his rant.
He lashed out in anger after several pro-abortion Democrat female lawmakers shared stories of miscarriages and claimed the bill would further traumatize women like them, according to the report.
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Here’s more from the report:
A visibly angry Sims, an openly gay legislator who frequently clashes with Republicans, criticized the bill and lamented that his female colleagues felt compelled to share their personal stories to try and convince lawmakers to vote against the bill.
“The cost of being a woman legislator in Pennsylvania,” said Sims, who said the legislation was part of “a political theater that has plagued this chamber for far too long.”
Sims then turned his sights squarely on the GOP Caucus and accused it of “more unnecessary overreach” while saying it is entirely white. [House Speaker Bryan] Cutler cut Sims off and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff immediately objected to Sims’ comments, saying he would not have his caucus insulted.
Several minutes later, however, when Sims was given another chance to speak he “immediately repeated his comment about the racial makeup of the GOP Caucus,” the report continues. At that point, Cutler cut off Sims’ microphone a second time.
Sims has a reputation for aggression, anger and a lack of self control in his interactions with people who disagree with him politically.
In 2019, Sims filmed himself bullying young teenage girls who were praying on the sidewalk outside a Philadelphia abortion facility. In the video, which Sims posted publicly online, he offered money to anyone who would identify the girls publicly. The girls were ages 13 and 15, and they were there with their mother.
“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 in the video.
His comments suggest that he may have been trying to intimidate the girls through doxing, a practice where a person’s name and contact information are posted publicly online to encourage harassment. Sims’ actions may have violated consent and cyberbullying laws, though he never faced charges.
In another video Sims posted publicly online in May 2019, he berated an older pro-life sidewalk counselor outside the same abortion facility. Sims also appeared to be attempting to dox the woman – he called her an “old white lady” – by asking his viewers for her name and address.
Despite a huge protest and national media attention, Pennsylvania Democrat leaders refused to take action to condemn Sims’ behavior. Bill Patton, a spokesman for Pennsylvania House Democrats, told the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time that they were “satisfied” with Sims’ promise that he will not behave that way again.
Sims apologized to Planned Parenthood for making abortion activists look bad, but it took him nearly six months to issue an apology – a private one – to the teenage girls and their mother.
In the wake of national criticism, Sims released a statement that did not apologize for his behavior. Instead, he chose to attack pro-life advocates even more by claiming they “slur” and “attack” Planned Parenthood patients – without providing any evidence to support his claims.
Earlier this spring, Sims announced that he is running for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.