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YAFers Charged With Harassment For Inviting Pro-Aborts to Hear Abby Johnson’s Pro-Life Speech

By

Nick Baker

February 21, 2024

The chairwoman of Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the University of Tampa was called into the school’s discipline office for inviting pro-abortion leftists to attend an upcoming event featuring Abby Johnson.

A few weeks ago, Nicole Gillis sent a respectful direct message from her YAF chapter’s Instagram account to the on-campus Planned Parenthood club, welcoming its members to hear the lecture and engage during the question-and-answer session.

“It would be great to have you guys there! There will be q&a!” the message reads. 

The Planned Parenthood club politely declined the invitation.

This could have been the end of the story – but instead, the pro-aborts felt the need to get revenge on Nicole and her fellow YAFers for even suggesting that their baby-killing ways should face scrutiny. A harassment report was filed with the Office of Student Conduct.

In an email to Gillis from a staffer, the discipline office stated that it “received a public report last week regarding a student reporting being harassed by another UT student who is apart of the organization Young Americans for Freedom with your name listed.”

The YAF chairwoman attended the meeting, and told the New Guard that “the [administration] determined that the invitation does not actually constitute harassment,” letting her off with a verbal warning.

Johnson’s lecture, which will be about her conversion journey from working as a Planned Parenthood clinic director to becoming one of the leading voices in the pro-life movement, is sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women and Young America’s Foundation.

Since when is it potentially harassment to send an invitation to an event? Why did the university give the report any hint of credence at all?

Luckily, these brave YAFers will not face any consequences (aside from the time they’ve been forced to waste dealing with these frivolous allegations), but nonetheless, it’s very telling that the Left is so afraid of hearing and engaging with Johnson’s personal testimony.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM in the Graduate Health and Studies Building, room 106.

 


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