Democratic Rep. Brian Sims of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has reportedly issued an apology to the young pro-life protesters he verbally harassed in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood earlier this year in May, according to The Daily Wire.
One of the women harassed, Ashley Garecht, said she received a card from Sims addressing his actions toward her and her daughters.
“This weekend I received a card from State Representative Brian Sims apologizing for his actions toward my daughters and their friend on Holy Thursday,” Garecht wrote in a statement sent to The Daily Wire.
“Our family forgave Mr. Sims many months ago and we extend that forgiveness again now,” she said. “It is our sincere hope that Mr. Sims will modify his conduct in the future and that he will stand in defense of all citizens who exercise their First Amendment rights in the public square, including those who advocate for life outside of abortion facilities.”
“We take Mr. Sims at his word that ‘he has learned a great deal’ from the response to his filmed harassment and intimidation,” Garecht continued, “and so he now bears the responsibility of showing by his actions that dangerous and threatening behavior toward others he disagrees with has no place in our society.”
If you’ll recall, Sims recorded himself when he harassed Garecht, her teenage girls, and an elderly women during his uncivil rant in a Philadelphia neighborhood.
“How many children have you fed today? Or have you just stood out in front of a Planned Parenthood shaming people for something that they have a constitutional right to do?” Sims accused the women, who were praying outside the clinic. “If you’re here about the children, you can pray at home for the children.”
The video quickly went viral with people lambasting the representative for his behavior.
As MRCTV reported in May, many were disturbed by the politician’s actions and gathered in front of the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood to rally in support of the unborn.