Texas YMCA Kicks Planned Parenthood Out of Girls Day

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 10, 2013   |   5:42PM   |   Waco, TX

The local YMCA in Waco, Texas has kicked out the nation’s biggest abortion business from an event, after pro-life advocates raised a stink about its cooperation with Planned Parenthood.

After little more than 24 hours following an alert to its members, Pro-Life Waco persuaded the Waco YMCA to divorce from Planned Parenthood for its April 6 youth program for girls. Although the national women’s branch, YWCA, has a relationship with Planned Parenthood, the local YMCA event went on without the abortion giant.

Katie Wolfe, Waco Planned Parenthood education director, was to speak at the Waco YMCA’s Girl’s Day 2013.  Her youth topic was “building healthy relationships.” She was also slated to speak to parents. At mid-day on Thursday, April 4, John Pisciotta, Director of Pro-Life Waco, sent an e-mail plea to participate in “shock and awe” by sending e-mail messages to 16 employees of the Waco YMCA.

E-mail flew off pro-life keyboards, Pisciotta told LifeNews and the digital onslaught was supplemented by YMCA members calling to complain — with one person canceling their YMCA membership in protest.

At 2:45 p.m. on Friday April 5, pro-lifers who wrote received this e-mail response:

We thank you for your concerns. As of Thursday afternoon, Planned Parenthood will not be attending the YMCA of Central Texas’ Girls Day at Doris Miller Family Y. As an organization that serves the Central Texas community, it is our utmost priority to adhere to our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We look forward to the impact that Girls Day will have on the young women of this community. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact either myself or CEO/President Patrick Murphy at [email protected]

Christopher Bernard

Associate Executive Director


Pro-Life Waco is grateful for support in shielding Waco’s precious girls from the dangerous deceptions of Planned Parenthood. John Pisciotta stated, “This victory helps lower the public image of Planned Parenthood Waco toward the depths they so richly deserve. This shows what we can accomplish when we work together.”



The Pro-Life Waco challenge to Waco YMCA follows many prior encounters with those who aligned themselves with Planned Parenthood. In 2004, Pro-Life Waco launched a successful  boycott of Girl Scout cookie sales because of local Girl Scout entanglement with Planned Parenthood. In 2010, Pro-Life Waco protested periodically in front of Central National Bank because of their public  endorsement of Planned Parenthood youth programs. Like YMCA, the bank responded by severing ties with Planned Parenthood.

ACTION: Thank the YMCA of Central Texas for dropping Planned Parenthood by going to https://www.ymcaofcentraltexas.org/CONTACTUS.aspx