PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A large group of abortion rights opponents gathered outside of a Planned Parenthood facility to rally against bullying after Rep. Brian Sims recorded himself confronting protesters outside the facility. The rally was called “From the City of Brotherly Love: A Pro-Life Rally Against Bullying.”
A major Center City block closed down Friday morning and afternoon as more than 1,000 abortion rights opponents gathered in front of the Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, located at 1144 Locust St.
“We see so much in our culture about empowering women, yet the pro-choice message is, ‘You can’t handle this baby,’” Maria Scanga, an an abortion rights opponent, said.
Live Action, one of the leading national abortion rights opponents and human rights organizations in America, held the prayerful rally.
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania called for city, state and federal prosecutors to investigate Sims following the videos.
In a statement, party chairman Val DiGiorgio called Sims’ conduct “outrageous.”
“Elected officials should not use their positions of power to harass citizens who are peacefully protesting. I hope our state and federal prosecutors will undertake review of this matter with the seriousness it deserves and uphold the role for which they were elected to, which demands holding people accountable for their actions,” DiGiorgio said.
In the second video, Sims asked viewers to identify three young females he described as protesters and “pseudo Christians” outside the Planned Parenthood clinic. He offered a reward for the information, promising to donate $100 to Planned Parenthood.