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[Brian Sims – Pennsylvania Democrat – On Abortion – We Did Not Swear To Uphold The Bible]
Representative Brian Sims (D-182)
House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Comments on House Bill 818
April 23, 2013
[Brian K. Sims (September 16, 1978)] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, I rise to implore my colleagues to oppose House Bill 818.
As a civil rights advocate I see clearly, as do millions of men and women across the Commonwealth, that this Bill’s purpose is to discriminate against women, and most often women with less means than many of my colleagues have here today.
As an attorney, I see clearly that this bill oversteps federal law, effectively outlawing a “private” insurer from offering private coverage that would allow for a woman to exercise a Constitutional Right.
Such illegal and repugnant attempts to make an end around the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution are beneath this body, as they were beneath our former Governor when he attempted unsuccessfully to thwart the Constitution over two decades ago. It certainly flies in the face of any ideology or party that claims to support free markets.
As an elected official, I see clearly what is actually happening here. I see that this “legislation” has nothing to with creating jobs, creating respect, or creating a better future for the Commonwealth. This legislation is about advancing an ideology of oppression and suppression, even if such a plan means ignoring the Oath of Office that each of us swore.
[Brian Sims] Source: LYBIO.net
Finally, as a reminder, Mr. Speaker, I do believe this has been forgotten entirely by many of my colleagues today: Each of us put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. We did not place our hands on a Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible. This legislation is bad policy, it’s bad law, and it’s a poor reflection on how far we have come as a nation and a state in the last 100 years.
Mr. Speaker, I’m not sure how I find myself in this room, of all rooms, as one of the guys who respects women the most, but as is so often the case, I see that respect for the person and for personally responsibility is clearly more of a slogan than a reality.
[Brian Sims] Source: LYBIO.net
For these reasons, as well as all of those given my colleagues, I ask that members vote NO on House Bill 818 and reaffirm the Constitution, freedom in the market place, and freedom from an oppressive legislature! Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Brian Sims – Pennsylvania Democrat – On Abortion – We Did Not Swear To Uphold The Bible. This legislation is bad policy, it’s bad law, and it’s a poor reflection on how far we have come as a nation and a state in the last 100 years. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.