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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 The YMCA rescinded their offer to help because of the complaints of a few people on one side of the abortion issue and we were discriminated against based on our political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
Replies (31-40):
fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Basically it says what we already knew. Their presence pissed off the choice people who bitched and got them kicked out. I already knew that based on the OP.

Neither article claims wrong doing by the pro lifers. Just that they were there. 


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I think it's pretty obvious what happened.  And this may be the most politely worded statement I've ever read.

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 fireangel5:

We read the same statement. It said them being there caused an issue. The OP post said, them being there caused an issue. THe opposition threw a shit fit and therefore the pro lifers were denied access. Says nothing about the choice people. Apparently they were not denied. 


Quoting cjsbmom:

Did we read the same statement from the Y? Their statement said the incident created a disruptive environment. If they feel something has caused a disruption, they have a right to put a stop to it. They are not publicly-funded, so they have a right to set their own rules and guidelines. 

If the situation was reversed, and it was pro-choicers who were asked to leave, my opinion would still be the same. 

Quoting fireangel5:

It does not say that they were causing issues nor does it say that the opposition are not allowed in there. It only confirms that the pro lifers, who had a deal, are not allowed. Doesn't quite seem fair to me. 


Quoting cjsbmom:

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
















jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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That is entirely supposition on your part.  You are guessing it to be the way you'd like it.

It says that when someone is disruptive, they are asked to leave.  Only one group was asked to leave.

My guess would be that they went in chanting and/or waving their little pro-life signs around.  Given the current climate surrounding this issue in Austin, the debate began.  Thus, they were removed and according to the statement, other arraingements are being made for them.

Quoting fireangel5:

Basically it says what we already knew. Their presence pissed off the choice people who bitched and got them kicked out. I already knew that based on the OP.

Neither article claims wrong doing by the pro lifers. Just that they were there. 


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I think it's pretty obvious what happened.  And this may be the most politely worded statement I've ever read.

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 fireangel5:

We read the same statement. It said them being there caused an issue. The OP post said, them being there caused an issue. THe opposition threw a shit fit and therefore the pro lifers were denied access. Says nothing about the choice people. Apparently they were not denied. 


Quoting cjsbmom:

Did we read the same statement from the Y? Their statement said the incident created a disruptive environment. If they feel something has caused a disruption, they have a right to put a stop to it. They are not publicly-funded, so they have a right to set their own rules and guidelines. 

If the situation was reversed, and it was pro-choicers who were asked to leave, my opinion would still be the same. 

Quoting fireangel5:

It does not say that they were causing issues nor does it say that the opposition are not allowed in there. It only confirms that the pro lifers, who had a deal, are not allowed. Doesn't quite seem fair to me. 


Quoting cjsbmom:

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


















Mcelly
by Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I could not get past the pro-abort part. NOBODY IS PRO-ABORTION.  Women dont go around getting pregnant just so they can have an abortion. It is PRO-CHOICE, like if a woman got raped, or had an unplanned pregnancy, has no money to support the baby, or will be dangerous for her to be pregnant, she should have a choice to do it under a doctor's supervision and NOT with a clothe's hanger. 

People are not ANTI-LIFE either!!!!

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM
Where is the YMCA's side to this?
TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Thanks.

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





justinnaimee
by Bronze Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM
I got to "anti lifers" laughed and gave up.
jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

It absolutely does NOT say that.  At all.  You just want it to.   


Quoting fireangel5:

Basically it says what we already knew. Their presence pissed off the choice people who bitched and got them kicked out. I already knew that based on the OP.

Neither article claims wrong doing by the pro lifers. Just that they were there. 

 

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I think it's pretty obvious what happened.  And this may be the most politely worded statement I've ever read.

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 fireangel5:

We read the same statement. It said them being there caused an issue. The OP post said, them being there caused an issue. THe opposition threw a shit fit and therefore the pro lifers were denied access. Says nothing about the choice people. Apparently they were not denied. 

 

Quoting cjsbmom:

Did we read the same statement from the Y? Their statement said the incident created a disruptive environment. If they feel something has caused a disruption, they have a right to put a stop to it. They are not publicly-funded, so they have a right to set their own rules and guidelines. 

If the situation was reversed, and it was pro-choicers who were asked to leave, my opinion would still be the same. 

Quoting fireangel5:

It does not say that they were causing issues nor does it say that the opposition are not allowed in there. It only confirms that the pro lifers, who had a deal, are not allowed. Doesn't quite seem fair to me. 

 

Quoting cjsbmom:

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

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

tanyainmizzou
by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Would you guys be as understanding if the YMCA kicked out a group wearing pro-choice shirts because workers there didn't like their shirts and felt they caused a problem?

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM
ROFL! If you want to read it that way...I guess.

Seems to me it said that SFLA was causing a disruption. Being that they are students taking a strong political stance, it's not a reach.

But you go ahead and twist it.


Quoting fireangel5:

Basically it says what we already knew. Their presence pissed off the choice people who bitched and got them kicked out. I already knew that based on the OP.

Neither article claims wrong doing by the pro lifers. Just that they were there. 



Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I think it's pretty obvious what happened.  And this may be the most politely worded statement I've ever read.

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 fireangel5:

We read the same statement. It said them being there caused an issue. The OP post said, them being there caused an issue. THe opposition threw a shit fit and therefore the pro lifers were denied access. Says nothing about the choice people. Apparently they were not denied. 



Quoting cjsbmom:

Did we read the same statement from the Y? Their statement said the incident created a disruptive environment. If they feel something has caused a disruption, they have a right to put a stop to it. They are not publicly-funded, so they have a right to set their own rules and guidelines. 

If the situation was reversed, and it was pro-choicers who were asked to leave, my opinion would still be the same. 

Quoting fireangel5:

It does not say that they were causing issues nor does it say that the opposition are not allowed in there. It only confirms that the pro lifers, who had a deal, are not allowed. Doesn't quite seem fair to me. 



Quoting cjsbmom:

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






















jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

If they were causing a disruption, yep!


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Would you guys be as understanding if the YMCA kicked out a group wearing pro-choice shirts because workers there didn't like their shirts and felt they caused a problem?



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