Pro-life Leadership Coalition Statement On State Representative Brian Sims (D-PA)

For immediate release: May 21, 2019

Contact: Deborah M. Piroch


(Front Royal, VA)

Our Movement Will Not Be Intimidated

In recent days, the pro-life community and many other Americans were shocked and disgusted at the behavior of Democrat State Representative Brian Sims from the 182nd Legislative District of Pennsylvania as he attempted to shame and intimidate peaceful pro-life people who were praying outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

As leaders in the pro-life movement we not only condemn his actions, but likewise call upon leaders in the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, the abortion lobby, and pro-choice women’s rights groups to do the same.

We furthermore declare that we will not be intimidated by such threats or actions, but rather will continue to equip and encourage our movement to come to the places where the killing of children in the womb takes place, and to intervene for the babies, their moms, and their dads!

As we have done for decades, we will come as law-abiding citizens, we will come in peace, we will come in love, we will come with determination to save lives and awaken the conscience of our communities.

We look forward to the day when all of us can exercise our rights as citizens without having to witness the behavior that Rep. Sims demonstrated.

And we likewise look forward to the day when children in the womb will enjoy the same protections as the rest of us.

Rev. Father Shenan James Boquet, President, Human Life International

Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life

Janet Morana Co-Founder, Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Matt Britton Chairman & General Counsel, 40 Days for Life

Catherine Glenn Foster President and CEO, Americans United for Life

Kristan Hawkins, President Students for Life of America

Tom Glessner, President Anne O’Connor, Vice President National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)

Evangelist Alveda King, Director Civil Rights for The Unborn, Priests for Life

Royce Dunn Director, Please Let Me Live – Life Chain

Allan Parker President, The Justice Foundation

John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, LifeSite News

Chris Slattery President, Expectant Mother Care EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers-NYC

Bryan Kemper, President – Stand True

Gregg Cunningham, Director, Center For Bio-Ethical Reform

Cynthia Collins Global Advisor, Operation Outcry

Archbishop Craig Bates, Primate of the Charismatic Episcopal Church

Fr. Terry Gensemer, International Director Charismatic Episcopal Church For Life

Terrisa Bukovinac, Founder and Executive Director Pro-Life San Francisco

Joel Brind, PhD President and CEO, Natural Food Science, LLC

Larry Cirignano, Children First Foundation

Joseph A Brinck President, Sanctity of Life Foundation

Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR Red Rose Rescue

Connie Eller, Founder, Missouri Blacks For Life

Deborah Hollifield, Executive Director, Presbyterians Protecting Life

Shari Richard

Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, The VIDA Initiative

Brendan H. O’Connell, President, Life Matters TV and Media, Inc

Lynda Bell, President, Florida Right to Life

Molly S. White, Former Texas State Representative, Pro-life Speaker and author

Ann “Lauren” Morris, Florida State Director, National Life Chain

John J Jakubczyk, Pro-life Attorney, Southwest Life & Law Center

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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