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The Winners of April's Hall of Fame and Shame

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Rep. Brian Sims.jpg Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims
In the midst of fighting anti-choice legislative attacks, there are some pro-choice champions who stand up, speak out, and make us want to shout "Hallelujah!"

This month, we were impressed by Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, who took a stand for freedom and privacy in opposition to his anti-choice peers in the legislature, earning him a spot in our April Hall of Fame.

When his anti-choice colleagues tried to ban women from using their own private money to pay for insurance that covers abortion, Rep. Sims expressed his dissatisfaction, saying:

"Each of us put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. We did not place our hands on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Can we get an "Amen!"

Pennsylvania has some of the most restrictive anti-choice laws on the books, and received an "F" grade in our 2012 edition of Who Decides?. That's why we're so grateful for pro-choice champs like Rep. Sims for calling out anti-choice politicians.

Rep. Charles Van Zant.jpg Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant
We know one anti-choice politician that could use calling out, and that's anti-choice Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant.

Rep. Van Zant earned a spot in April's Hall of Shame by being so offensive while offering closing statements on anti-choice race - and sex - selection abortion ban legislation he sponsored, that his remarks prompted at least five female African-American lawmakers to walk out of the room.

There are many pro-choice champions and anti-choice challengers who could easily be ushered into our Hall of Fame and Shame.

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