Everyone is aware that YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association, right?
Nathan Harden of The College Fix reports.
YMCA Kicks Out Pro-Life Student Group
Texas has been at the center of the national debate over abortion lately. Abortion advocates all over the country celebrated the publicity stunt state senator Wendy Davis pulled with her filibuster, which momentarily stalled restrictions on late-term abortions in the state, calling her a “hero.”
But there’s another story in Texas that, unsurprisingly, didn’t receive quite as much attention. While the nation celebrated the late-term abortion advocacy of Sen. Wendy Davis, a group of young pro-life students found out that their efforts to express very different views on the subject were met with hatred and hostility.
As Students For Life reports in a recent press release:
Students for Life of America (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…”