Brian Sims can't bully them all: Hundreds show up for pro-life rally in Philly

Friday, hundreds of pro-life people showed up for a rally at the same Planned Parenthood clinic where state Rep. Brian Sims recently berated an elderly woman and attempted to dox young, pro-life teens. Speaker Matt Walsh said he had a simple message for Sims.

“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced,” Walsh said. He continued, “So, Brian, maybe now you understand something, that if you try to shut us up, we’re only going to get louder. If you try to shame us, we’re only going to stand taller. And if you try to scare us, we’re only going to get bolder.”

That definitely seemed to be the case today. Sims had no problem bullying a lone elderly woman praying. He’d have a harder time pulling that act on this crowd:

Sims, who said that he lives across the street from the clinic, was a no-show today. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson had invited Sims to meet her there to discuss the issue. She offered a theory for why he failed to show up: “It is cowardly to defend death. It is courageous to defend life.”

Of course, not everyone can attend a hastily organized rally in Philadelphia. But lots of people also responded by making donations to a GoFundMe page set up by the parents of the teen girls who Sims harassed. The goal was to raise $100,000 but as of now, the page has raised $118,000 for the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. I hope Rep. Sims feels good about helping to make that happen. Will it make him think? Will he offer an actual apology instead of the non-apology he gave this week? I wouldn’t count on it. But maybe he’ll think twice before bullying any more pro-lifers in the street.

Here’s Abby Johnson’s speech at today’s rally: