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Pro-Abort Intimidation: YMCA Evicts Pro-Lifers In Texas

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As the abortion battle continues in Texas, a local YMCA chapter told Students For Life Of America (SFLA) to leave the premises after anti-lifers intimidated the assistant branch director to renege on their agreement to use the center’s shower facilities.  The SFLA had embarked on a 3o-hour bus ride to Austin to rally in favor of the pending Texas bill that will ban abortions twenty weeks into a pregnancy.  Pro-aborts have also staged demonstrations against the new regulations, which passed its first legislative hurdle in the Texas House.  The Texas Senate expects to pass the bill soon.

A press release from Alexa Coombs, SFLA’s Director of External Relations, indicated that the organization “was left out in the cold after the local YMCA was bullied by pro-abortion activists to evict SFLA students from their facilities.”  Additionally:

SFLA had worked out an arrangement with the associate branch director of the Town Lake Branch of the Austin YMCA to use their showers for the week of the ‘Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour.’  Previously, YMCA management had indicated everything was working out great, but certain orange-shirted members of the club said that it was “too political” to have pro-lifers in the showers — and pressured management to give the students the boot.”

“We had absolutely no problems on Monday night when we used their facilities.The YMCA management was respectful, but some angry pro-abortion activists were being very aggressive with YMCA staff members and the staff said they felt threatened,” said Brendan O’Morchoe, Director of Field Operations with SFLA. ”Unfortunately, the anger and rage from the pro-abortion protestors has created a toxic environment even outside the Capitol Building.  It’s really a shame that the YMCA was bullied by these people, it just goes to show how pro–aborts operate every day.

“The YMCA has a long history of helping young people and always had an open door policy to everyone, yet we were turned away because of our pro-life beliefs. The YMCA rescinded their offer to help because of the complaints of a few people on one side of the abortion issue and we were discriminated against based on our political position.”

SFLA was left scrambling to find other locations at which to bathe as the church buildings they are staying at do not have shower facilities.

One activist told me that anti-lifers are outnumbered in Austin, but they’re loud. Their rally in the Capitol featured many taking off their shoes and shouting “shame on you” to legislators as they passed by.

Nevertheless, while pro-aborts may have stopped the SFLA activists from finding showers, pro-life legislators – and their allies – are moving forward in eliminating late-term abortions in Texas.  Maureen Ferguson of the Catholic Association praised Rick Perry for his efforts saying:

‘We commend Governor Perry for calling the special session and the Texas House for passing common sense measures to protect unborn children after 20 weeks gestation and pregnant women who often suffer from substandard care at abortion clinics. It is difficult to understand opposition to a bill that seeks to raise standards for women’s health and limits the inhumane and heart breaking practice of late-term abortion.  The bill, which is expected to pass in the Senate as well, reflects accurately how Texans and Americans feel about late-term abortions in a post-Gosnell era.’

Additionally, in a July 9 statement, Lila Rose, President of Live Action, said:

‘Right now, in many cases across the country, it’s easier to be an abortionist than it is to run a daycare center. Governor Perry and the Texas legislature should be commended for taking a step toward rectifying this bizarre and dangerous defect that endangers the lives of both women and children.  As exposed by our Inhuman video series, so many abortion centers throughout our nation currently do not have emergency medical arrangements with local hospitals or other urgent care facilities. No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, this sort of laxity and disregard for women’s health is outrageous and unacceptable.  Everyone should support putting necessary medical protections in place and enforcing top-quality standards of care for women and children.’

So, pro-aborts can relish in their little win over the YMCA, but the SLFA – and the pro-life movement – will soon celebrate a huge victory in the Texas legislature.

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by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Ah, the truth!

http://www.austinymca.org/news/statement-regarding-shower-usage-townlake-ymca

My my, so the nasty little anti-lifers wouldn't allow the kids to pick a fight with the pro-aborts and be disruptive in their facility?  THE HORROR!

Quote:

Statement Regarding Shower Usage at TownLake YMCA

A story was issued by Fox News Radio today about a misunderstanding that occurred between YMCA of Austin staff and a group of students from the organization Students for Life.

In light of discussion surrounding the issue, the YMCA of Austin is seeking to clarify our position on the matter.

As a volunteer-led nonprofit organization, it is not our intention to inject ourselves into this issue, nor do we take a position on this issue.

We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to all, where people of all backgrounds are comfortable.

That’s what we were striving to do in accommodating the Students for Life group who were in need of a place to shower.

Unfortunately, in this instance, it caused the political debate to come into the Y.

If any person or group enters our facilities and creates an atmosphere that is disruptive, we have an obligation to our members and program participants to ask that person or group to leave or to refuse them access.

There are appropriate places in which to conduct a political debate, and that place is down the street at the State Capitol, not at our YMCA.

We are working directly with Students for Life to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.




Quoting LucyMom08:

http://www.austinymca.org/news/statement-regarding-shower-usage-townlake-ymca

Sorry I can't make it clicky...it's the statement from the Y...


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Yep.  And I bet if I bothered to spend 5 minutes to google what actually happened, it would be a whole lot different.



Quoting emeraldangel20:

invalid news source. obvious opinion piece with a biased reporter. this "reporter" should go back and learn how to write an article






furbabymum
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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Ohh pro abortionists taking off their shoes. I'm terrified!

heidimoose134
by Momma Moose on Jul. 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I stopped at "anti-lifers".


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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM
I looked at actual news sources in my area and this is NOWHERE to be found... The Only places reporting it are opinionated pro-life blogs and extremely right wing sites.

Plus... The 1st line calling people "pro-aborts" isn't accurate so I stopped reading.
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fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I think its even more funny when those with opposing view points are called out for THEIR biased source and they claim that regardless of the source they decided to post in no way negates what happened. And its supposed to just be accepted lol


Quoting Linus77:

It's funny how people come on here and accuse the writer to be biased...knowing full well that any article they put that supports their own views are at LEAST as biased.  There are NO sources that are unbiased.

It takes an intelligent reader to read both sides from numerous sources and read between the lines to determine what is truth.  I don't blame or discount anyone for reading, believing, and posting an article that supports their views.  That is the natural way of things.  People who refuse to acknowledge the other side's right to do so...should not be commenting because they reveal their hypocrisy and intolerance.



fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

This does not deny the posted story. 


Quoting LucyMom08:

http://www.austinymca.org/news/statement-regarding-shower-usage-townlake-ymca

Sorry I can't make it clicky...it's the statement from the Y...


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Yep.  And I bet if I bothered to spend 5 minutes to google what actually happened, it would be a whole lot different.



Quoting emeraldangel20:

invalid news source. obvious opinion piece with a biased reporter. this "reporter" should go back and learn how to write an article






cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

No legitimate news story would use the terms "pro aborts" in it. More biased garbage from a biased source. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Made it clicky for ya.

http://www.austinymca.org/news/statement-regarding-shower-usage-townlake-ymca

Quoting LucyMom08:

http://www.austinymca.org/news/statement-regarding-shower-usage-townlake-ymca

Sorry I can't make it clicky...it's the statement from the Y...


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Yep.  And I bet if I bothered to spend 5 minutes to google what actually happened, it would be a whole lot different.



Quoting emeraldangel20:

invalid news source. obvious opinion piece with a biased reporter. this "reporter" should go back and learn how to write an article





fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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Here's my take on the issue. Kill whomever you would like to kill. Don't expect me to pay for it, don't expect me to not have an opinion about it. If you can kill whom you like, don't come and tell me what I can and cannot do then. Everyone will be happy, Anyone who wants to kill, may do so. Anyone who wants to have an differing opinion may do so. Don't tell me what is right or wrong for me and I won't tell you what is right or wrong for you. Don't tell me what I should think or feel about topics, don't tell me what I should financially/socially/politically support. I won't stop you from doing whatever you like to do, don't stop me from doing what I like to do. I'm tired of being told how wrong I am when I disagree with the majority in this group. So I won't stop you, do what you want, leave me do my thing.  

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

No, but it clarifies why they were asked to leave. If there were protests or an unfriendly atmosphere brewing due to their presence, the Y has an obligation to eliminate the problem and provide a safe atmosphere for all who regularly use their facility. 

Quoting fireangel5:

This does not deny the posted story. 


Quoting LucyMom08:

http://www.austinymca.org/news/statement-regarding-shower-usage-townlake-ymca

Sorry I can't make it clicky...it's the statement from the Y...


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Yep.  And I bet if I bothered to spend 5 minutes to google what actually happened, it would be a whole lot different.



Quoting emeraldangel20:

invalid news source. obvious opinion piece with a biased reporter. this "reporter" should go back and learn how to write an article







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