A Pennsylvania Democrat, State Rep. Brian Sims, apparently likes to berate and harass people for using their first amendment rights.   He posted a video of himself bullying people outside an abortion clinic in Philadelphia that went viral for all the wrong reasons.

First, he followed a woman quietly praying outside the clinic.  In the video, he attempts to shove his phone at her, calls her an “old white lady,” as well as “shameful,” “disgusting,” and “racist.”

Then, he tried to dox three teenage girls, offering $100 to anyone who could identify this “bunch of pseudo-Christian protesters who’ve been out here shaming young girls for being here.” 

 But a man received his ire as well.  “What makes you think it’s your job to tell women what to do with their bodies?” The man was about to respond, but Sims cut him off. “The truth is, I’m not really asking, because I don’t care. Shame on you.”

Note that he posted this video himself.  He wasn’t “caught on tape.”  He was proud of his actions.  He wanted the world to see his “courage,” his ability to “speak truth to power.”  What a miscalculation.

When the pro-life community saw these disgusting, bullying images, they responded.  Conservative commentator Matt Walsh suggested a pro-life rally at that very abortion clinic, and people showed up.   NBC Philadelphia reported that hundreds showed up at the impromptu rally, even though they only planned it a few days in advance.

Life Site News has the details:

Live Action founder Lila Rose spoke throughout the rally, introducing the speakers as well as delivering her own remarks. “We invited Brian Sims here today to listen to another point of view,” she noted, but Sims did not attend. “This threatening, menacing behavior, has yet to be decried…by any member of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania,” she added, before the crowd erupted into chants of “resign now.”

“Do not tell me Planned Parenthood cares for women,” Rose declared, encouraging listeners to get involved in sidewalk counseling themselves. “We are here because we know women deserve better.”

Matt Walsh delivered powerful words as well:

Walsh took the podium later, expressing gratitude that “we’re not merely complaining right now,” but “decided to do something…We’re here putting skin in the game right now, saying to the pro-life activists on the front lines right now that they are not alone.”

Walsh hoped that the turnout helped Sims understand that “if you try to shut us up we’re only going to get louder…because we know that our cause is just…I know why you use scare tactics, [because] that’s all you have. I can tell you why babies should not be killed [as can rest of audience]. Can you look us in the eyes and tell us why babies should be killed?”

The Democrat politician “pushed back” by bullying women, men, and children. However, conservatives “push back” using freedom of speech to advocate for people who can’t defend themselves. 

How appropriate that all of this happened in Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom.

Image Credit: American Life League on Flickr

Hat Tip: Life Site News

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