Students for Life of America (SFLA) was left out in the cold after the local YMCA was bullied by pro-abortion activists to evict SFLA students from their facilities. 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 The YMCA rescinded their offer to help because of the complaints of a few people on one side of the abortion issue and we were discriminated against based on our political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.
The Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour left DC on Sunday for a 30 hour bus ride, making stops to pick up more students along the way in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. On Monday, the Bus Tour met up with even more pro-life students at the Texas State Capitol who flew and drove in from around Texas as well as states like Iowa, New Mexico, and Oregon to back up their fellow pro-life Texans. After the group met with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst on the Senate Floor, SFLA National High School Coordinator Missy Martinez spoke at the #Stand4Life rally that night. On Tuesday morning, SFLA activists and local pro-life protesters took over the kickoff rally of Planned Parenthood’s “Stand with Texas Women Bus Tour.” The bus tour continues through Sunday.
Alexa Coombs, [email protected], 571-295-7352