Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D) might have thought the uproar surrounding his despicable attempts at harassing and doxxing three pro-life teenagers and an elderly pro-life woman at a local Planned Parenthood were behind him, but one state legislator says not so fast.
PennLive reports on Rep. Jerry Knowles (R) and his efforts at having Sims censured over his actions:
Rep. Jerry Knowles is seeking support for a resolution that asks for Sims, a four-term Philadelphia Democrat, to be removed from the four committees of which he is a member and to bar him from being appointed to any positions or committees for the remainder of his term that expires on Nov. 30, 2020.
House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton said previously Sims has discussed his behavior with House Democratic and Republican leaders and Democratic leaders “are satisfied it will not be repeated. Republican leaders are aware of this.” Patton did not respond to a request for comment about Knowles’ resolution late Tuesday afternoon.
Noting Sims has failed to apologize for what he did, Knowles listed his reasons for seeking the Democrat’s censure in a memo requesting co-sponsors:
On the first occasion, Representative Sims recorded himself berating, harassing, and violating the First Amendment rights of an individual, whom he labeled, an “old, white lady” for peacefully protesting and praying in public.
On the second occasion, Representative Sims again recorded himself berating, harassing others. He went a step further the second time, though, calling for the “doxing” of three minor children and one adult female. By soliciting strangers on the internet for their personal identifying information (i.e. names and addresses), Sims placed these citizens in reasonable fear for their own safety, merely because they were exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest.
It should be noted that Representative Sims also used his elected position to intimidate the individuals with whom he was interacting, clearly stating on the videos that he was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
As part of my censure resolution, I ask that Representative Sims be removed as a member of all standing committees and that he receives no appointments to any positions or committees that fall under the authority of the Speaker or House Leadership, for the remainder of this term.
Since that time, numerous co-sponsors have signed on to the resolution. You can read the full text of House Resolution 387 here.
Knowles is right. To date, Sims has not apologized to the women he stalked at the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood.
The resolution is being well-received by pro-life groups, according to Life News HQ:
Maria V. Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, praised the effort.
“Women and girls should not be harassed simply for exercising their First Amendment rights,” Gallagher told LifeNews. “For the sake of the dignity of women, the Constitution, and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, this resolution deserves passage.”
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