The mother of two girls who were allegedly harassed by Democratic Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims for protesting outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night that they prayed for him following the encounter.
Ashley Garecht had been to the Philly Planned Parenthood several times before the incident took place. On Maundy Thursday of Easter weekend, she brought her 13- and 15-year-old daughters and their friend with her to pray outside the clinic. (RELATED: Pennsylvania Rep Offers Reward To Anyone Who Will Dox Pro-Life Teens In His Video)
“So, after our first altercation with him, you know, I went and talked to my girls and told them, you know, ‘I’m really sorry this happened. I’m really proud of you guys for being here,'” Garecht began. “This is something we wanted to do as a prayerful act of the service as we prepared for the Easter Triduum, which was going to begin that night with Holy Thursday Mass. And I told them, you know, sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing, but I was really proud of them.”
She continued, “Sadly, ironically, the two older girls looked at me and said, ‘Mom, that was nothing compared to what people were screaming at us at the March for Life in January.’ They went to the March for Life with their high school. So, I guess I was grateful that they had had some experience before. They were prepared for it and because they were able to kind of stay calm, that helped my younger daughter stay calm. And, you know, we prayed for him then.” (RELATED: Nathan Phillips And Other Protesters Storm DC Basilica, Demand Punishment For Covington Boys)
During the interaction, Sims threatened to dox the teenage girls over their protests.
“This history led me to my actions last week,” Sims said in a statement previously reported by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I know protesters have the right to assemble outside and so do I. I will fiercely protect a woman’s right to make the best choices for herself and for her body because it is hers. I’m committed to defending a woman’s right to choose and I always will be.”
Sims was also seen allegedly harassing an older woman who was also protesting outside of a Planned Parenthood.