PA Lawmaker Records Himself Berating Abortion Protester

A Democratic state lawmaker is drawing criticism for recording himself berating a woman demonstrator at length outside an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, calling her an “old white lady” and her protest “disgusting,” “shameful,” “extremely racist,” and “grotesque.” State Representative Brian Sims posted the nearly 9-minute video on social media that showed him peppering the woman with questions and criticism. The video was apparently shot several days ago at a Planned Parenthood health center in his district. At one point she took a rosary from her bag and clutched it. It was then that Sims began to criticize the woman’s faith. Replies to Sims’ Facebook account accused him of bullying the woman and harassing her as she prayed in a public place. The State Republican Party chairman says the video shows extremism and hypocrisy and called on Sims to apologize.