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Mother Harassed by Rep. Brian Sims Meets with PA State Representatives to Advocate for Sims’ Censure

Pictured from left to right: House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, House Speaker Mike Turzai, Ashley Garecht, and Pro-Life Union President and CEO Tom Stevens at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on June 17, 2019.

Ashley Garecht, mother of two teenage girls who were harassed and doxxed for their personal information outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood by PA State Rep. Brian Sims, traveled with Pro-Life Union President and CEO, Tom Stevens, to Harrisburg on June 17, 2019, to meet with lawmakers at the State Capitol.

Both Ashley and Tom talked with numerous lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Alleghany County), encouraging them to support and pass H.R. 387 A Resolution Censuring Representative Brian Sims. If passed, this bill would formally, and on public record of the State House, declare a reprimand of Mr. Sims’ actions, and remove him from all standing committees. This would dramatically impact him as a legislator, particularly since the productivity of an elected representative is tied to his ability to work on and through committees to move legislation to the floor of the Assembly. This would impact the remainder of Rep. Sims’ term, which expires on November 30, 2020.

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuykill, Berks and Carbon Counties) introduced H.R. 387. As of late June, there have been 40 other cosponsors of the bill. Right now, H.R. 387 sits in the House Rules Committee awaiting action. House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster County) did not indicate if and when it would be considered for a vote on the floor of the State House.

(Article published in the Pro-Life Union’s July 2019 newsletter update.)

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