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UTampa warns YAF not to invite pro-abortion peers to event

Student gets ‘verbal warning’

The University of Tampa warned a student after her group invited pro-abortion peers to come to a pro-life event and ask questions.

The Young Americans for Freedom chapter reached out to Planned Parenthood Generation Action on campus via Instagram to share an event featuring Abby Johnson.

Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood director who had a change of heart and is now a pro-life activist. She will be speaking Feb. 27 on campus.

Simply inviting the group to the event triggered a meeting with the Office of Student Conduct, however.

The YAF group had invited the Planned Parenthood group, which declined. “Thank you for the invitation, but we would like to be left alone and for you to please stop messaging us thank you,” the group wrote, along with heart emojis.

“Of course, just thought you guys might be interested!,” the YAF group wrote. “The invitation will still be open if you change your minds.”

Caroline Walser in the student conduct office required YAF leader Nicole Gillis to come in for a meeting following a harassment complaint.

“The YAF chairwoman attended the meeting, and told the New Guard [YAF’s news site] that ‘the [administration] determined that the invitation does not actually constitute harassment,’ letting her off with a verbal warning,'” the national group reported.

She received a “verbal warning,” as reported by Young America’s Foundation.

National YAF commented on the situation.

“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,” Nick Baker wrote on the group’s website.

“Since when is it potentially harassment to send an invitation to an event,” Baker wrote. “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.”

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.