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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 The YMCA rescinded their offer to help because of the complaints of a few people on one side of the abortion issue and we were discriminated against based on our political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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TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

 It was discrimination for political beliefs, plain and simple.  The kind all the liberals scream about every time it happens to someone who holds a politically-correct viewpoint. 

This local source reported it too:

A group of pro-life students from around the nation was banned from an Austin, Tex. YMCA after pro-choice activists complained about an agreement allowing the students to use the YMCA’s shower facilities.

 

Students for Life of America had made arrangements with the Town Lake Branch of the Austin YMCA to use their shower facilities during a week-long pro-life protest at the Texas state capitol, spokesperson Alexa Coombs said.

About 56 members of the group are staying in local churches without showers. The Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organization had received permission to use the YMCA’s facilities between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night.

“We had an agreement and that was the arrangement for the whole week,” Coombs told Fox News.

The YMCA did not return multiple calls and emails. A staff member at the Town Lake Branch told Fox News they were aware of the incident. The staffer said the YMCA strives to be politically neutral. He did not explain why the YMCA revoked their agreement with the pro-life organization.

On Monday, the group arrived at the YMCA at the appointed time wearing matching blue pro-life shirts. And that’s apparently what sparked the trouble, Coombs said.

“There were some pro-abortion people working out in the gym and they saw our blue shirts and complained,” Coombs said. “The staff told us they felt bullied and threatened by the pro-abortion customers.”

The next day, the group was told they would no longer be allowed to use the YMCA’s facilities.

“He was very nice and respectful but he said they had some push back from people who are pro-abortion,” she said. “They staff felt threatened so they were not going to allow us to come back to use their showers.”

That prompted a scramble to find an alternative way to accommodate 56 college students in need of a shower.

“Some supporters offered their homes but with 56 people that’s a little difficult to do,” she said.

Eventually, a Catholic high school about 30 minutes outside Austin offered their facilities – at midnight.

“We took the bus up there and everybody came home around 1 a.m. – finally showered,” she said.

Coombs said she was extremely disappointed in the YMCA’s decision to ban their group.

“We were shocked,” she said. “The YMCA is known for helping young people. They’ve always had an open door policy to everyone. We felt discriminated against because of our pro-life beliefs.”

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

If paying members were upset, they should have final say in who is using the facility in which they pay to use. I understand the pro-life group was offering to pay to use the facility as well, but that was a one-time thing and then they'd be gone. Members who maintain the Y month after month should have the priority here, and that is what happened. 

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













cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Yes, I would. If they are being disruptive, they need to leave. 

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?


Kate_Momof3
by Silver Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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 Wow.

So there was a big uproar about out-of-state pro-choicers at the filibuster and how they didn't represent Texas blah blah blah...

And yet the anti-choicers ARE DOING THE SAME DAMN THING!

It must physically hurt to be such raging hypocrites.

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Fetus worshiper propaganda.
sallymaggie
by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM
I'm cool with other peoples beliefs but our city is having a HUGE problem with the group of pro lifers that stand on the side of the road with pictures of aborted children, that is when it goes to far!
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

 anti lifers!!!! LMAO...

You anti choicers are the best source of entertainment going these days

areid1023
by Silver Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

where is that source local to?

Quoting TranquilMind:

 It was discrimination for political beliefs, plain and simple.  The kind all the liberals scream about every time it happens to someone who holds a politically-correct viewpoint. 

This local source reported it too:

A group of pro-life students from around the nation was banned from an Austin, Tex. YMCA after pro-choice activists complained about an agreement allowing the students to use the YMCA’s shower facilities.


Students for Life of America had made arrangements with the Town Lake Branch of the Austin YMCA to use their shower facilities during a week-long pro-life protest at the Texas state capitol, spokesperson Alexa Coombs said.

About 56 members of the group are staying in local churches without showers. The Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organization had received permission to use the YMCA’s facilities between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night.

“We had an agreement and that was the arrangement for the whole week,” Coombs told Fox News.

The YMCA did not return multiple calls and emails. A staff member at the Town Lake Branch told Fox News they were aware of the incident. The staffer said the YMCA strives to be politically neutral. He did not explain why the YMCA revoked their agreement with the pro-life organization.

On Monday, the group arrived at the YMCA at the appointed time wearing matching blue pro-life shirts. And that’s apparently what sparked the trouble, Coombs said.

“There were some pro-abortion people working out in the gym and they saw our blue shirts and complained,” Coombs said. “The staff told us they felt bullied and threatened by the pro-abortion customers.”

The next day, the group was told they would no longer be allowed to use the YMCA’s facilities.

“He was very nice and respectful but he said they had some push back from people who are pro-abortion,” she said. “They staff felt threatened so they were not going to allow us to come back to use their showers.”

That prompted a scramble to find an alternative way to accommodate 56 college students in need of a shower.

“Some supporters offered their homes but with 56 people that’s a little difficult to do,” she said.

Eventually, a Catholic high school about 30 minutes outside Austin offered their facilities – at midnight.

“We took the bus up there and everybody came home around 1 a.m. – finally showered,” she said.

Coombs said she was extremely disappointed in the YMCA’s decision to ban their group.

“We were shocked,” she said. “The YMCA is known for helping young people. They’ve always had an open door policy to everyone. We felt discriminated against because of our pro-life beliefs.”



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LiliM
by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Oh well. If it's allowed that the YMCA can refuse to work with groups that are too politicized.... that's part of the risk.

Too bad, but sometimes being extremists, regardless of what you're extreme about, is not a good thing.
AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM
Wow, this whole story is so full of shit that the font turned brown
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