There’s growing outrage over a Democrat state representative in Pennsylvania named Brian Sims, who people across the country are calling on to resign. This, after videos surfaced of him harassing an elderly pro-life woman.
That outrage grew louder after a video emerged of him offering online viewers $100 to dox teenage girls praying peacefully outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood abortion clinic
An online petition started by LifeNews.com has garnered picked up nearly 24,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
Sims, in a video posted online after the controversy, said he “can do better”. He did not apologize
Planned Parenthood stood beside him. While they did say they did “not condone…Sims’ approach” but called him a “champion” on pro-choice issues.
Ashley Garecht is the mother of two of the teens targeted by Sims, who are ages 13 and 15. She told Fox News they didn’t know he was an elected official when he started verbally attacking them for their skin color, religion, and political ideology.
“Just the fact that he’s an adult male interacting aggressively with teenage girls, that alone is inappropriate,” Garecht said. “Him being a politician doesn’t just supersede him being an adult man aggressively approaching teenage women.”
“I would just love for people to understand the core of the pro-life movement is a prayerful movement, we want abortion to end. We want women to have a better option than abortion in their lives. This is not about aggression. I would never engage in that.”
Garecht and her husband, Joe, decided to turn the negative into a positive. They started a GoFundMe “Show Brian the Power of the Pro-Life Movement”, with the goal of raising $100,000 for the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
As of Thursday morning, they are at about $91,000.
“This movement matters,” Garecht said. “The lives of the unborn matter. The lives of the mothers matter. The lives of the clinic workers matter. We pray for them, and we want them to know they’re loved and to let them know they have better options than just to terminate the life of an unborn child.”
Garecht went on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and said that she and her daughters prayed for Sims and will continue to pray for him.
Abby Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood clinic worker-turned-pro-life advocate. She challenged Sims to face her Friday in front of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She’s now the founder of And Then There Were None, and called him “absolutely unfit to serve.”
She and other pro-life leaders are hosting an event Friday outside the Philadelphia abortion clinic, “to show that peaceful prayer volunteers cannot be silenced or bullied out of standing up for what they believe.”
Last week, Sims went on an eight-minute video rant that exploded online. In it, he verbally harassed an elderly woman protesting outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
He recorded the woman outside the same clinic in Philadelphia in his district, telling her to pray at home, calling her an “old white lady” and lecturing her about her Christian beliefs on the Periscope app.
“Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE!” Sims wrote on Twitter Thursday. “They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please!”
Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE! They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please! #YouAreStrongEnough https://t.co/rYQOiAhC0D
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 2, 2019
It’s not his first rodeo. Two years ago, he recorded two people outside the Planned Parenthood, telling them “shame on you” and encouraging people to donate to Planned Parenthood.
While some have called for the charges to be filed against Sims for encouraging doxing on the teenage girls, the truth of it is that doxing isn’t illegal.
Doxing is the act of releasing someone’s identifying information on the internet. Because in most cases, the information about a person is publicly available, it doesn’t constitute a crime.
With that being said, if you were to make a move like hacking a person’s email account to post their messages or Social Security number, THAT would be illegal.
The end game for many who are doing the doxing is to lead to their target experiencing repercussions, from public shame to being fired from their job.
In that case, if it’s done with the intent to threaten or harass someone, or leads to threats and harassment intentionally, then those actions can be illegal.
Most states allow for invasion of privacy lawsuits for the public disclosure of private facts, that it’s not a criminal law.