No Room for Pro Lifers in the Girl Scouts

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/26/2012

Renise Rodriguez

Former Girl Scout volunteer Renise Rodriguez proudly wears her pro-life shirt.

Martinsburg, WV – I’ve been criticized for articles like this one, linking the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Well intentioned people have tried to convince me there is no such link and that I am simply misplacing my disdain for abortion onto a “very well respected organization.”


Trying to deny the concrete relationship between the Girls Scouts and Planned Parenthood is like trying to nail jello to the wall; futile. There is absolutely no doubt that a partnership between the two organizations exists and that the Girl Scouts are now advocating for abortion. Brochures with the Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts logos are being distributed, their annual convention features pro-abortion speakers, and even the former Planned Parenthood CEO admits that a partnership exists. So denying it just makes someone look naïve or under-informed.

Here’s another example of the Girls Scouts advocating for abortion while suppressing the message of life. Recently a 21 year old pro-life volunteer went to her local Girl Scout office where she regularly serves as a Girl Experience Associate. She was wearing a pro-life t-shirt as she went in to prepare for a meeting. It would be her last day as a volunteer.

Renise Rodriguez never imagined that she would be told by a supervisor that in order to stay in the office or take part in any troop activities she would have to turn her t-shirt inside out. Stunned, she did what many in her situation would do; she complied and compromised her beliefs.

Oh wait, Renise did what many in her situation wish they would have done – she quit in order to stand up for her belief that life is sacred. Renise recounts her experience:

“I started to get emotional because of the way I was treated so I left without preparing for the meeting and told my co-worker that she would have to get the stuff together…As I was driving out, I called a friend crying and told her the story. I was so shocked at the way I was treated. After contemplating it for the rest of that day, I decided to write my letter of resignation.”

This might seem like a small issue, a chance encounter not depicting how the Girl Scouts generally operate. The reality is that this is indicative of a bigger problem that will become glaringly obvious as the partnership between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts grows.

The problem is that wherever Planned Parenthood is death is sure to be close by; the death of unborn children, the death of free choice (PP only advocates being pro-choice even though they claim to be a woman’s advocate group), the death of free speech, the death of tolerance. Planned Parenthood is a merchant of death, and death is always lingering close by.

The very fact that a volunteer was not allowed to wear a simple t-shirt voicing her support for life is a problem all in itself. Her civil rights and freedom of speech rights were violated and the obvious message that the Girls Scouts are now ardent supporters of abortion was made perfectly clear. After all, if you don’t support life you must support abortion.

It is troubling news like this that has resulted in thousands of young girls leaving the Girl Scouts in search of other groups where explicit sex education, abortion, and sexual experimentation are not advocated and pushed. (And why I won’t be buying any more cookies from those young ladies anymore)

Groups like the American Heritage Girls are an excellent faith based alternative to a liberal-agenda pushing organization like the Girl Scouts. Frankly, I don’t want my daughter near a group that advocates and pushes the things I have learned about the Girl Scouts.

I’m thankful for girls like Renise and others that refuse to compromise their pro-life convictions. The pro-life message is winning and more young people than ever before identify as pro-life. I think Father Frank Pavone said it best:

“What does the pro-life movement need the most right now? It is not large numbers of people who believe abortion is wrong; it is a small, courageous band of people who are willing to risk and sacrifice everything to end abortion.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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