NARAL Pro-Choice America is set to honor Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) with a national “Champion of Choice” award in Washington, D.C. this upcoming Tuesday.
“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.”
In regards to the award, Sims evoked the President’s message from earlier this week about equality in the workplace, regardless of gender.
“As President Obama said in the State of the Union, when women succeed, America succeeds!” said Sims. “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 is a pro-choice supporter and staunch advocate of women’s rights. April of last year he emphatically protested against the passing of a piece of legislation that was set to restrict abortion rights by preventing private companies in the state-run insurance exchanges from covering the procedure in any of their plans.
Earlier this month, he and Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Allegheny) introduced House Bill 1890, which would strengthen the support given to employees who bring pay-equity lawsuits against their employers or those who disclose information about their pay. Sims described the bill as “long overdue.”
“We live in a country that guarantees each of us full equality under the law,” Sims said. “Right now, in this country and in this state, more than half of our population is being insidiously discriminated against.”
As a member of the Women’s Health Caucus in the legislature, Sims also supports workplace accommodations for pregnant women, sanitary conditions for working mothers, equitable protections for domestic violence victims increased eligibility for breast and cervical cancer screenings.