|Rep. Brian K. Sims
182nd Legislative District
Sims to receive national 'Champion of Choice' award from NARAL Pro-Choice America
HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will be honored Tuesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America with a national "Champion of Choice" award in Washington, D.C.
"As President Obama said in the State of the Union, when women succeed, America succeeds! As a first-term representative, I am humbled and honored to receive this national award for my defense of women's rights, and I will continue to stand up for those rights and oppose the attacks on them. Women's rights are human rights," Sims said.
Sims is strongly pro-choice and attracted national acclaim for his impassioned defense of women's rights during an April 2013 state House debate on legislation that restricts a woman's right to an abortion and access to health care by putting government restrictions on private insurance companies and how women can spend their own money.
"NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to recognize Representative Brian Sims as an ally and tireless champion for reproductive rights as we celebrate our 45th year fighting to make sure that every woman in America is free to exercise her right to choose," said Karen Ritter, board vice chairwoman of NARAL Pro-Choice America and former board chairwoman of NARAL Pro-Choice Pennsylvania. "As a lawyer and ardent defender of the Constitution, Representative Sims recognizes when lawmakers seek to curtail those rights and is a powerful voice against policies that discriminate against women."
As a member of the Women's Health Caucus in the legislature, Sims is sponsoring one of the caucus' bills with Rep. Erin Molchany, D-Allegheny. House Bill 1890 would clarify and update the legal standards for pay-equity lawsuits. The bill would also strengthen anti-retaliation protections for employees attempting to bring a pay-equity lawsuit against their employer and those who share information about their pay.
Sims also supports the rest of the caucus' proactive agenda, which also includes workplace accommodations for pregnant women, sanitary conditions for nursing mothers, increased eligibility for breast and cervical cancer screenings, protections for domestic violence victims and a ban on intimate partner harassment (sometimes called "revenge porn").
The awards ceremony will take place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. at 7 p.m. Tuesday.