Earlier this year, pro-abortion Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims stunned people across the country by bullying and harassing peaceful pro-life sidewalk counselors. The incidents occurred on multiple days outside Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Astonishingly, Sims was not caught on camera but, in fact, filmed himself harassing pro-lifers and streamed it live on Periscope to encourage other abortion activists.
In a video posted to Twitter during the national controversy, Sims acknowledged his actions were not fitting for an elected official but refused to apologize. None of the abortion organizations that have endorsed and awarded Sims rescinded their support.
Sims’ antics, meant to “shame” pro-lifers and encourage donations to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, had quite the opposite effect. In response to the shocking display of harassment and indecency from a politician endorsed by Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers organized a massive protest, dubbed the “Rally Against Bullying,” outside the same Planned Parenthood and sent a resounding rebuke to Sims and the pro-abortion lobby.
As many pro-lifers pointed out, pregnancy resource centers across the country help countless mothers and their families every day. Sims’ baseless claims that pro-lifers only care about babies before they are born is a blatant falsehood.
Perhaps even more important than these strong responses to the shocking videos, Sims’ claims that pro-lifers aren’t doing anything to help mothers and babies in difficult situations prompted some pro-lifers to get involved in ways they never had before. In one portion of the footage, Sims follows a pro-life woman demanding:
– “How many children have you clothed today?”
– “How many children have you put shoes on their feet today?”
– “Or have you just stood out in front of a PP shaming people for something they have a Constitutional right to do?”
– “If you are here about the children, you can pray at home for children.”
The family of teen girls harassed by Sims raised more than $100,000 for pro-life organizations in response to Sims’ outrageous attack on the teens and other peaceful pro-lifers. The money raised will go to the Philadelphia pro-life group that organizes peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics in the area,
provides diapers and resources to babies and their families, and runs a home for pregnant mothers, among many other forms of service and outreach. Many of the people who donated to the GoFundMe may not have been involved in pro-life activities before.
Across the country, many other people were motivated to join the pro-life movement after Sims’ harassment. One supporter contacted Save the Storks with a moving note about how Sims had opened his eyes to the needs of pro-life outreach and convinced him he needed to take action. Tom wrote that while watching the video, “I quickly realized that just being pro-life produces little results. I felt awful that I have really done nothing to help. Thank you, Brian [Sims].”
Tom was not in a position to volunteer or act as a sidewalk counselor at this time, but he wrote, “What I can do is support groups that already exist and could use financial help. I did some research and found Save The Storks. I was adamant about finding a Christian based group that enthusiastically included Christ in their process.”
In his email, Tom explained, “I love how God works. He had Brian Sims film himself that day and guided me to watch it. He knew I would do something. He knew I would find your organization. He knew I would give. He knew I would tell others.” Indeed, many other pro-lifers were convicted by Sims’ comments and saw that simply saying you are “pro-life” is not enough. In order to meet abortion-minded mothers where they are, pro-lifers need to work together to provide resources and supports in
all of our communities.
Tom wrote, “My goal between now and when I retire is to send enough money to save 100 babies (and mothers!).” Each year, Save the Storks encounters thousands of abortion-minded women and offers them the support they need so that they can choose life and not feel like abortion is their only option.
Tom closed his email writing, “Thank you, Brian. You have no idea I wonderful you have made me feel.” Thanks to Sims’ bullying and harassment, Tom and many other people saw the true face of the abortion
lobby in America and the real and pressing needs of women considering abortion.