So much is riding on what is happening in Texas right now, as their legislature is poised to pass legislation that will save countless children from death and their mothers from the pain and heartache of abortion. The whole world is watching. Right now the Students #Stand4Life crew is busy bolstering Texas pro-life efforts, meeting with state representatives, and shedding light on the horrors of abortion to our orange shirted, pro-abortion opponents – and all that in the face of discrimination!
Last night the Students #Stand4Life crew was left out in the cold after the local YMCA was bullied by pro-abortion activists to evict our SFLA team members and students from their facilities. SFLA had worked out an arrangement with the the Austin Town Lake Branch YMCA to use their showers for the week of the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour. On Monday night after using the facilities, YMCA management had indicated everything was working out great. But pro-abortion members of the club said that it was “too political” to have pro-lifers in the showers — and pressured management to give our students the boot.
It’s really a shame that the Young Men’s Christian Association was bullied by these people to kick pro-life, Christian kids out. it just goes to show how pro–aborts operate every day.
And now our team members on the ground in Austin have been scrambling to find other locations at which to get 56 people showered each day, as the church building housing our team does not have shower facilities.
But not all the news coming out of Austin is bad! When our team heard Planned Parenthood was launching their own bus tour in Austin, we knew the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour had to take action. Our SFLA Missionaries for Life went right up to the Planned Parenthood bus to hold our “I am the Pro-Life Generation” signs and pass out our “Planned Parenthood’s Plan for You” postcards to expose the true facts about Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar abortion business. We truly went head to head with the abortion Goliath! See the pictures of our crew below.
Plus, on Monday after we arrived the Students #Stand4Life crew also had the opportunity to meet with the Lt. Governor of Texas, David Dewhurst. Lt. Governor Dewhurst told our team, “I am so glad to know that we have a new generation of pro-life Texans on their way to leadership. The presence of Students For Life of America today at the Texas Capitol, at such a historic time, gives me confidence that good will prevail.”
These students who have given a week of their lives, who are sacrificing by sleeping on church floors (and possibly going without showers) are truly the heart of the pro-life movement. Their dedication and passion to protect the preborn and their mothers challenges and encourages me. And I hope you too!
To be honest with you – when this idea for the bus tour came to us we almost said no. That’s right – we almost said no. It’s the middle of July -with vacations and summer jobs keeping our students busy. But we were challenged by the passion of the students and by our SFLA team members who wanted to take this leap of faith, that the support would come in. The Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour is not something we had budgeted for, and as this is the end of our fiscal year, all our money for special projects has been spent.
But we are so glad that we moved forward with the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour and took this leap of faith and now we want to challenge you.
In this critical time, as the nation watches what is happening in Austin, we have had a generous supporter come forward with a $3,000 matching grant to further our efforts in Texas and help guarantee that we will meet our goal, covering all our expenses for this trip!
We are $6,000 away from reaching our goal of having the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour fully funded and this matching grant will bridge that gap!
Will you please partner with us this week with a donation of $25, $15 or even $5 to help us reach our matching grant? Every dollar that you give this week will be doubled up to $3,000! We need your help to reach our goal and cover all the expenses for the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour so that we can start the 2013-2014 school year off without a deficit.
Thank you for believing in our mission and taking a leap of faith each day with us as we work to abolish abortion in our lifetime!