The YWCA has long been on the bad list for pro-life advocates because of its promotion of abortion and relationships with Planned Parenthood, and new evidence from its own blog shows that hasn’t changed.
Writing at Live Action, Kristi Burton Brown indicates Danielle Marse-Kapr, the “gender equity coordinator for the YWCA of Orange County,” talks about how she participated in a recent rally promoting the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Marse-Kapr’s article is entitled “My View: YWCA mobilizing young women in reproductive-rights fight” and, in it, she condemns efforts to protect taxpayers from being forced to fund the abortion business.
“In April 2011, I joined a group of YWCA advocates under 30 in Washington, D.C., for the YWCA National Conference. We joined thousands of activists around the Capitol for the “Stand Up for Women’s Health” rally to protest the defunding of Planned Parenthood as a stipulation of a new health-care bill. Each evening we would huddle around the TV to see what would become of Planned Parenthood’s funding.
As staff of the YWCA, an organization that functions as both a social service and a social justice agency, we are very familiar with the lives of women who need the affordable care that Planned Parenthood offers. Furthermore, we have all personally accessed Planned Parenthood for health care and reliable health-care information.
By the end of the week, though we were relieved that Planned Parenthood had not been defunded, the narrow 58-42 vote was an ominous foreshadowing of what was to unfold over the next 12 months — a brutal assault on women’s reproductive rights.
A year later, the struggle has only intensified. Legislators are sponsoring bills that: require women to undergo medically unnecessary procedures before terminating a pregnancy, claim that fetuses have “personhood,” and dictate that life begins before conception, among others.
Brown points out that the information, if accurate, shows the YWCA is more intimately connected with Planned Parenthood than many pro-life advocates may realize.
I hardly think that Marse-Kapr is correct when she claims that “all” of YWCA’s staff have “personally accessed Planned Parenthood.” That sounds like quite the exaggeration to me, but if she is in fact correct, the situation with YWCA is a lot worse than any of us could imagine. That kind of association with the abortion giant is mind-boggling for a Christian organization – or, really, for any organization that claims to empower women.
The answer is that they either fully support Planned Parenthood’s abortion mission, or they have failed to inform their staff of YWCA’s true position. Since the YWCA has posted Marse-Kapr’s article on its official national blog, it seems that it leaders agree with her statements and that they fully support Planned Parenthood. This is disgusting.
Marse-Kapr rejects the idea that “fetuses” have personhood. She makes it clear that she opposes legislatures “dictating” that life begins before conception. She’s wrong on at least two counts here. First, we don’t claim that life begins before conception. That’s plain silly. A new, unique human life begins at the very moment of conception (accurately defined as fertilization).
The YWCA official, in her article, also indicates her opposition to ultrasound laws, Komen’s initial defunding of Planned Parenthood, and other pro-life positions. She writes, “At the YWCA, we are doing work to mobilize more young women to the voting booths. This November, young women will ensure that anti-choice politics does not decide the future of our reproductive rights.”
There you have it, folks. A YWCA staffer, acting as if she speaks for the whole organization, claims that the YWCA specifically works to ensure that women do not vote pro-life. According to Marse-Kapr, the YWCA proudly supports a woman’s right to choose abortion, whenever and for whatever reason she wants to. And her claims appear true, since the YWCA proudly advertises her words on their blog.
Join me in calling on the YWCA to denounce Marse-Kapr’s statements. Join me in calling on this Christian organization to explain that they do not support Planned Parenthood and that they will require their local chapters to disassociate with the abortion giant.
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The YWCA has a long history of promoting abortion.
The Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria (YWCA) sent mixed messages about their position on abortion when it presented a graphic documentary about “unsafe abortion” at an event held at the Church Center for the United Nations on Monday.
In 2008, YWCA backed the FOCA bill that would overturn virtually all pro-life laws and institute abortion on demand.
Dr. Lorraine Cole, the CEO of the YWCA, told CNS News during a press conference last week that her group would be fine with the radical pro-abortion bill becoming law with Obama’s signature.
“Well, the YWCA has always been pro-choice, so this is a topic that we would be very supportive of,” she said.
In 2009, the case of a raped inmate in Kansas who was coerced into an abortion and taken to a Planned Parenthood center generated criticism of Kansas corrections officials. But it is also implicated the YWCA, which appeared to have misled the woman and arranged her abortion.