The mother of two teenage girls whom a Pennsylvania lawmaker encouraged the internet to dox has filed a police report against the State Representative.
“I was concerned to keep my girls safe,” Ashley Garecht told CBS3. “I thought it was very important that I stay calm for their sake. Out of an abundance of caution, we did file a report with our local police because our children were trying to be identified on the internet.”
Last weekend, State Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat, harassed the two girls teenage girls and their teenage friend, who were praying outside of a Planned Parenthood. Sims offered $100 for anyone who would dox the girls.
“What we’ve got here is a bunch of protestors,” Sims said in his video outside of a Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood. “A bunch of pseudo-Christian protestors. They’re out here shaming young girls for being here. So here’s the deal – I’ve got $100 for anyone who will identify any of these three, that I will donate to Planned Parenthood.”
He pointed his camera directly at three teenage girls, who were outside with an older lady who explained that they were simply “praying for the babies.”
Sims’ actions set off an internet firestorm, prompting him to take a break from Twitter for a couple of days early this week, and calls for his resignation. When he did return to Twitter, he offered a semi-apology which sparked even more controversy.
“I will fiercely protect a woman’s right to make the best choices for her health & her body, unimpeded. I also know that two wrongs don’t make a right, especially on the front lines of a civil rights battle. I can do better, and I will do better, for the women of Pennsylvania,” he Tweeted, attaching his video.
Twitter users were quick to point out that his was not a “two wrongs” situation.
“‘Two wrongs’ would imply that innocent people peacefully praying outside a building are on par with your atrocious, vile behavior. If this is supposed to be an apology, you better try again boy,” said conservative activist Mindy Robinson.
”Two wrongs” would imply that innocent people peacefully praying outside a building are on par with your atrocious, vile behavior. If this is supposed to be an apology, you better try again boy.
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) May 8, 2019
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