Abortion clinic workers live in fear. And, it is not totally unfounded. Once in a while, a "pro-life" zealot will do something violent and extreme. But, on the other side, sometimes the peaceful, pro-life protesters are also targeted. And, both sides, rely on protection from the government from those who would do them harm.
But, what happens when someone from the government chooses sides and harasses one side or the other? Well, that is what appears to have happened in the City of Brotherly Love. State Representative Brian Sims on two occasions harassed pro-life activists who appear to have been doing nothing other than peacefully praying in front of an abortion clinic in Philadelphia. And, so convinced that he was doing something noble, proudly posted the events which he recorded with his phone on social media.
So, here are the full videos:
Now, there are laws that single out pro-life demonstrators for more restrictive treatment than other protesters and the elected representatives have a right to make such laws. But, should elected representatives be harassing protestors like this? Should they be claiming, as Mr. Sims did, that as a representative he has nothing to fear from the police?
My novel, When the Wood Is Dry: An Edgy Catholic Thriller (Get part I free on Amazon), deals with a pro-life advocate who gets into an altercation while praying at an abortion clinic. I would never have conceived, however, that she could have been in such an altercation with an elected representative of the people.
Something is terribly amiss in Philadelphia, the home of Kermit Gosnell and Representative Brian Sims.
For those interested, there will be a rally at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 1144 Locust St in Philadelphia where this occurred on Friday, May 10th at 11 am.
I plan to attend. I hope you will join us!