The Brian Sims Saga Continues

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By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director

The saga surrounding pro-abortion Pennsylvania state Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) continues.

If you’ll recall, Sims made national headlines when he harassed a trio of teenagers and an older woman praying outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood facility. He immortalized the encounters by videotaping and posting them himself.

He even offered a bounty to anyone who would provide the names and addresses of the women he harassed.

His social media faux pas sparked a massive rally of more than 1,000 people who jammed the street in front of the abortion facility where the harassment occurred.

Following a national uproar, Sims issued a video “apology” which seemed to offer little in the way of real regret.

A Philadelphia television station is reporting that Sims made another attempt at an apology this week. But it does not appear that the women he harassed were present at the meeting at which the subsequent apology occurred.

Sims disgraced his office with his shameful behavior toward women. I myself encountered his dismissive attitude toward women when I sent him a questionnaire to document his views on the life issues. His response?

“Get a life, Maria.”

Now, a number of Sims’ colleagues are telling him to get a new job. They want to take away his committee assignments for his outrageous mistreatment of women.

If you live in Pennsylvania, please encourage your state representative to urge Rep. Sims to resign. It would be a just resolution of a dark episode in Pennsylvania politics.

 

A Modern Screwtape Letter (with apology to C.S. Lewis)

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by Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

My dear Wormwood,

Your steady success tells me it is time for the next step.

Having already convinced humans that offspring can and should be avoided, due to the sacrificial demands imposed upon parents, it should be easy to convince those same humans that life inadvertently created should be destroyed. Of course, language is important here.  Certain words, like baby, killing, living, and even human are to be avoided! Rather, be sure to emphasize reproductive freedom, health care, tissue and choice. Persuade both males and females that it is not only compassionate to “terminate an unplanned pregnancy”, but that those who oppose such measures are actually anti-woman.

The irony is rich, I know.  We turn women against their own bodies, their own children, and convince them we are doing it for their own good. You might wonder how we could ever accomplish something so extreme. As we did with a particular race during the era of slavery, the key is de-humanization, which makes the violent removal of the little “parasite” so much more acceptable. We use words like embryo and fetus, referring to stages of development, so that the very young human seems more like an “it” than a “who”.

Remember, our first mission is to make abortion so commonplace that it is not only protected and promoted, but also paid for.  All people will participate in the destruction of human life, either by active personal involvement, or passively via taxation.  All will have blood on their hands.

Our subsequent mission is to make the annihilation of life within the womb such a sacred right that destruction of life outside the womb becomes equally acceptable. Afterall, wantedness is the criteria for the right to exist. Exterminating unwanted pre-born humans could only lead to exterminating unwanted born humans, especially those who place an undue burden on society’s scarce resources.

Humans have a clever phrase to describe this: slippery slope.  And to our credit we have made excellent progress leading them down it.

Imagine the Enemy’s despair. His plan of human love blooming forth into new life is completely distorted, resulting in far fewer humans, deeply wounded families, and a bitterly divided society.  Ingenious!

Our biggest threat, of course, are those who actually heed science and cling to the technically correct fact that human life begins at conception. Then there are those troublemakers who provide resources to support new life, thus negating the actual need to abort.  And even worse are those pesky post-abortive women who speak up about their regrets, unmasking the false promises abortion offers. We must do what we can to silence them, never allowing their voices to thwart our mission.

Know how to undermine the opposition, my dear Wormwood.  Don’t call them pro-life, but anti-abortion. Label them an insignificant minority of extremists.  Manufacture a war against women. Accuse them of not doing enough for those who already exist.  Mock how someone pro-life can value a tiny little “clump of cells” in a woman’s body when there is already so much suffering in the world.  False dichotomies are our friend!

Oh Wormwood, I am thrilled with the success we have enjoyed so far. We have the so-called feminists on our side, as well as men who buy into their faux feminism, an eager press to spread our agenda, filthy rich corporations to fund it, and a gaggle of famous people to influence the masses. Who could ask for more?

The one thing to fear is that the opposition will persist through prayer, witness, education, and unrelenting advocacy for the innocent and defenseless.  They will appeal to the inherent logic and compassion that the Enemy placed within each human. Having stood bravely in the face of great adversity, they have proved to be a convicted lot that should not be underestimated.

If they succeed in spreading the truth, our mission will be doomed.

Be forewarned!

Your affectionate Uncle and master of distortions,

Screwtape

The Future of the Pro-Life Movement is in Good Hands

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By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director

I know that the future of the pro-life movement is in good hands because of Katy.

Katy, who was our fearless intern at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, graduated from Penn State University earlier this month. Her future is bright–and so is her outlook about the pro-life movement.

When Katy started with us earlier this year, she admitted she had a learning curve. By the end of the internship, she had become an eloquent spokesperson for the pro-life cause.

Katy’s accomplishments are many, and they are all the more remarkable because she wasn’t given much of a chance by doctors early in her life. You see, Katy has autism, and medical professionals told her mother that Katy would have limited communication, and would have to live in an institution.

Katy’s mother was determined to see her daughter reach her full potential. She did not accept the predictions of naysayers. And, as a result of her perseverance and that of her daughter, Katy is well-equipped to take on any challenge that comes in her path.

Katy is especially sensitive to those who would deliver a death sentence to babies with a disability. As someone who has autism, the issue of aborting children with learning disabilities is very personal to her.

So many young people such as Katy are courageously making a stand for life. That means we can expect the pro-life movement to not only survive, but to thrive, for generations to come.

 

Pro-Life Apologetics Spread the Truth

By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

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 The panic is almost palpable.  Abortion supporters are screaming proverbial “Fire!” all over social and mainstream media, attempting to create mass hysteria over recent developments.  Facts are distorted, truths half-told. Why are they ramping up their rhetoric?

The Alabama ban on abortions. The Ohio and Georgia bills protecting babies at early stages of development. The Down Syndrome Protection Act passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. These are just a few among several other legislative efforts to defend the only unprotected class of Americans, the pre-born.

Seemingly all of a sudden, the 40+ years that pro-lifers have worked to change laws are showing signs of progress.

And while all this is certainly an encouragement to those of us on the side of life, we cannot rest easy.  We have a two-fold mission: change laws and change hearts and minds. And neither is easy to do.

So now is the right time for all of us to self-enroll in Pro-Life Apologetics 101.

Apologetics is the systematic defense of a held belief. We pro-lifers must be ready to defend our position amongst the most persistent arguments for abortion. Often this may require a bit of historical research or googling of statistics, but it is well worth it if we can dispel some of the myths that continue to drive the abortion culture.  There is not a single argument for abortion that cannot be answered with science, history, logic, or personal witness.

Take for example, one of the most common arguments that our society will return to the days of illegal back alley abortions, which abortion supporters claim were the cause of countless deaths prior to Roe vs. Wade.  This allegation is meant to strike fear in our hearts, conjuring up horrible images of women suffering from infections due to unsterile instruments and untrained abortionists.

So how do we respond?

First, let’s acknowledge that legalized abortion puts women at risk for those very same things.  Consider the deplorable conditions of Gosnell’s abortuary, where for over 30 years, grown and just-birthed women died, while others were infected with STD’s due to unsterilized instruments.  Consider the Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia, made famous recently by Rep. Brian Sims’ outrageous bullying toward peaceful citizens, which failed 13 of the last 23 inspections. Do we honestly think these are the only two abortion centers not providing a “safe” sterile abortion?  Even in the cleanest of facilities, abortion remains a procedure with multiple risks for women and death to every child.

Secondly, let’s be clear about where abortion advocates get their numbers.

When the sexual revolution, women’s liberation, and the abortion movement all collided in the late 60’s, the co-founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (later NARAL)  abortionist Bernard Nathanson and his cohorts played off this fear and used the media to spread false statistics.

Nathanson, who later became an outspoken figure in the pro-life movement, confessed to these numbers being fake:

“We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200 – 250 annually. The figure constantly fed to the media was 10,000.”

“These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law. Another myth we fed to the public through the media was that legalizing abortion would only mean that the abortions taking place illegally would then be done legally. In fact, of course, abortion is now being used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the annual number of abortions has increased by 1500% since legalization.”

In Aborting America (1979) Nathanson writes that since these false statistics were useful to the abortion “revolution”, why would NARAL go out of its way to correct them?

Abortion supporters still rely on these fictitious figures to feed fears and create hysteria.  And it is not beneath them to create additional misleading statistics, like abortion only being 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services. Or that a majority of Americans support abortion on demand throughout pregnancy.

But as students of truth and defenders of life, we can counter the inaccurate, irrational arguments used by abortion supporters to manipulate the American public. Perhaps repeating the truth often enough will convince the public.

There are many excellent resources available to educate ourselves and others, including our website at paprolife.org.

Let’s get busy. Let the truth spread like fire!

 

What you can do to respond to Rep. Brian Sims

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 Our office has been inundated with calls and emails regarding Rep. Brian Sims’ self-promoted harassment of a peaceful pro-life prayer warrior. People are outraged and want to know what to do.

First, contact your state representative and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to let them know that the people of PA will not tolerate this disgusting behavior from an elected official.Click here to find your rep.

Secondly, sign the petition calling for Rep. Sims resignation which has over 26,000 signatures already but needs every single pro-life Pennsylvanian to be on it. Click here to sign the petition.

Thirdly, you can join others in supporting the work of the Pa Pro-Life Federation as we endeavor to educate on life issues and promote legislation that protects and honors the dignity of all life, from conception to natural death. Click here to donate now!

We cannot be silent in the face of this egregious act of aggression toward pro-lifers exercising their Constitutional rights!

The Birth Privilege of Brian Sims

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 By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

While not one major network has covered the story, thanks to social media, most people are aware of State Representative Brian Sims’ disgraceful harassment of a peaceful, prayerful, pro-life witness in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood. In his eight minute tirade, which he filmed and posted online, proudly showcasing his bullying of “an old white woman”, the elected official assails her for her “white privilege.”  Sims is also white, but apparently he handles his “white privilege” in a morally superior fashion. Or at least that’s his self-perception.

Cambridge English Dictionary defines white privilege as “the fact of people with white skin having advantages in society that other people do not have.”

But what about “birth privilege”?  Would that not be defined then as “the fact of people who are allowed to be born having advantages in society that other people  (those denied birth) do not have”?

Unlike 61 million babies, Sims was allowed to live and grow inside his mother’s womb until he was ready to breathe his own air.  He was small, vulnerable, completely dependent, and completely human right from the moment of conception when his unique combination of DNA, never to be repeated again, came into existence.  He didn’t become human, like he didn’t become white.  He always was.

He wasn’t his mother’s body, some extension of her like a tooth or birthmark.  He was, genetically, an entirely different human being within her body. He was and is her child.

Everyday Sims enjoys the privilege of being born, enabling him to experience liberty and pursue happiness, to seek public office, to speak out for those he feels are under-represented. But not all are so lucky. Birth privilege is perfectly summed up in a now famous statement made by President Ronald Reagan: “I’ve noticed everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

Those with birth privilege are in the position of power and strength over the weak and defenseless, the pre-born. So doesn’t that make abortion the ultimate form of bullying?

Sims, a former football player, a youngish lawyer, and an empowered public official, clearly bullies the lone, powerless, older woman. He berates her verbally, mocking her because of her age, race, and faith.  He attacks her character by asking how many children she had clothed that day.  He calls her a hypocrite.  And when she tries to walk away without comment, he follows.  And this blatant act of bullying was such a source of pride, he publicized it himself!

Of course, Sims is comfortable lording his physical presence and social status over someone less formidable than he.  After all, he advocates for abortion, which does the exact same thing: the strong and empowered refuse to recognize the dignity of those smaller and powerless, and they then proceed to destroy them.

Once we lose respect for the most vulnerable human life, it should come as no surprise that no one is off limits. Not babies. Not the elderly. Not innocent prayerful women. No one. Nothing is sacred.

We can only pray that Brian Sims, like many one-time abortion supporters,  repents and has a conversion of heart. Perhaps then, he can use his birth privilege to make this world one in which no human life is ever again bullied to death.