Cincinnati Enquirer Covers YWCA’s Firing

Our Urban Outreach Director, Arnold Culbreath, is continuing his efforts to call attention to the injustice committed by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. They fired caseworker Shannon Nixson following a pro-life presentation. We believe she was fired because two pregnant women, who attended the presentation, changed their minds about scheduled abortions and are now giving life to their babies. They were low-income, African-American women, which we believe had a lot to do with the action taken against Shannon.

If you’d like more details on what’s taken place so far, visit this link [outdated link removed] at Protecting Black Life website

I want to keep you informed to recent developments concerning this situation. Recently, the Cincinnati Enquirer, our local newspaper, ran a story on the YWCA firing. It’s called Cincinnati ‘Y’ worker calls firing injustice. In the article, Charlene Ventura, president and CEO of the YWCA, said, “The [abortion] issue is really not related to what the YWCA is about.” While the YWCA nationally has taken a stance that supports abortion rights, Charlene Ventura claimed that abortion education isn’t a focus of the YWCA here.

You can read the entire article by using this link. (News article in PDF)

It’s very unlikely that the unborn babies of the women in the YWCA’s Employment & Literacy Program would still be alive today, if alternatives to abortion hadn’t been presented to them. After all, their mothers were actually scheduled for abortions. It was a financial hardship on one of the women to lose her non-refundable deposit of $180 at the Planned Parenthood abortion mill. As a result, the staff here at Life Issues Institute chipped in and gave her that money.


Please help us alert others about this critically important issue. And PLEASE contact the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati to express your concerns to them directly. Be brief, clear and passionate, but make sure you’re respectful.

Please direct your letters, emails and phone calls to:
Charlene Ventura, President & CEO
898 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Ph: 513-241-7090
Fax: 513-768-4381

Penny Pensak, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Board Chair
898 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Debbie Brooks, V.P. of YWCA Employment & Literacy Program
898 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Ph: 513-241-7090

Jan-Michelle Lemon Kearney, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Board Member
354 Hearne Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Ph: 513-961-3331
Fax: 513-961-0304

Please relay to Arnold Culbreath any feedback or responses you get from these individuals. You can contact Arnold at or 513.729.3600

God bless you for helping us protect those who need our help the most!

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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