This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Pro-life college student quits job with Girl Scouts after being ordered to take off a Stand True Pro-life t-shirt while off duty

Renise wearing her Pray to End Abortion shirt

An Arizona college student who stopped in at her workplace wearing a pro-life tee shirt ended up quitting her job rather than obey a supervisor who ordered her to turn the “Pray to End Abortion” shirt inside out.

Renise Rodriguez, 21-year-old religious studies major at the University of Arizona, worked as a Girl Experience Associate for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. When she went to her office during her off-duty hours to prepare materials for a meeting, she was told twice by a supervisor that if she planned to stay in the office, or attend a troop meeting, she would have to turn her shirt inside out.

“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,” Miss Rodriguez said. “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.”

Her letter did not specify her reason for resigning, but she plans to discuss it with another supervisor when she does her formal exit interview.

“It is the courage and conviction of young people like Renise that gives us hope that we are closer than ever to winning this battle and bringing an end to child killing in America,” said Bryan Kemper,  Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Lifer of Stand True. “Priests for Life is committed to educating, activating and equipping young people to be a voice for life and young heroes like Renise prove this generation is a pro-life generation.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, applauded the young woman.

 “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,” he said.  “Renise is exactly that kind of person, who has not only the right attitude about abortion, but the passion it takes to make the protection of the unborn our number one priority! Our Youth Outreach, and all the branches of our Priests for Life/Gospel of Life Ministry, will continue to instill this spirit in those we serve.”

Noting that the shirt in question is one Stand True’s original design, Kemper said, “We Will be sending her several more of our pro-life shirts to help her stand up and be a voice wherever she is.”

35 Comments

  1. Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    God bless these young people who are willing to take a stand for what is right and for those who cannot speak for themselves. Renise, you have courage, and I applaud you!

  2. eli
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    kind of wished she had made them fire her instead of quitting. Glad she’s finding a job somewhere that she can continue to stand up for the little ones dying every day.

  3. Amber Currie
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    You go girl!

  4. Lilly Bish
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    What a courageous and stand up girl. So proud of you!

  5. Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Girls Scouts of the USA is infected with pro-abortion executives who are guiding young girls to look to Planned Parenthood for sex education, and to gay role models for Progressive ideology. There is a teenage Girl Scout calling for a COOKIE BOYCOTT because GSUSA admitted in October that it has been hiding transgender boys throughout the nation. HonestGirlScouts.com has a whole list of Girl Scout Councils throughout the USA who have ties to Planned Parenthood. Everyone should know that Girl Scouts used to be a great, neutral organization that helped girls grow, but it has now turned into a political money funnel and an activist machine.

  6. Posted January 9, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Close to the Heart of Jesus & Mary; the only Place of Safety today, tomorrow & forever. Thank you, Renise, for True Stand…Stand True !!!

  7. Elizabeth
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I guess I stop buying girl scout cookies. you are a courageous girl.

  8. kevin williams
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I cant think of any one who needs to see a pro life witness more than the Girl Scouts! I think it is an outrage when our culture is put on the run by evil doers with world views that convince them it is a symbol of freedom to snuff out the lives of our children and then impose that evil world view on the rest of us!
    Surely there are Pro Life legal defenders who will take Renise’s case pro bono. I believe we are to bash down the gates of hell and not the other way around! This looks like a good place to take a stand for life!
    Also what are the links where we can deluge our outrage on the Girl Scouts of America for this?

  9. Charlene
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Proud of you, Renise!

  10. FatSean
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Warned repeatedly. If you don’t like it, quit and get another job.

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      FatSean,
      That is exactly what she did. The point is not so much the oppression of Renise, but the oppression of the unborn.

      • Amber Currie
        Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

        Ah, didn’t see your comment Ben, sorry I repeated the same thing 😛

    • Amber Currie
      Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      That’s exactly what she did?

  11. Mary
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    there has to be still some good in the girl scout motto “i will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the girl scout laws”….
    If this Motto has changed, then we are in trouble…My granddaughter who is 8 may be joing the girlscouts this summer BUT she is also a Catholic being taught by the church what God’s laws are and How we are to obey them…If she is confronted, at any time, by the untruths they are now, allegedly touting, she WILL stand up for truth and for God and for what is right and MAY teach a few lessons along the way to the wayward, bringing them all back to Christ and to LIFE!!!! This is my prayer for her and should be ALL of our prayers…

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      Mary, just be aware that Girl Scouts now has put an asterisk next to God so you can substitute His name for anything else you wish. It is printed in all their current books. You may want to look at this evidence at 100QuestionsForTheGirlScouts.org and search for the religious information.

      • Amber Currie
        Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        Oh dear, that’s terrible!

        Also – even with God in the motto – you cannot support the murder of the unborn and claim to be Christian.

    • Theresa Maria
      Posted January 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Mary, Instead of Girl Scouts, who descriminate, have your granddaughter join The Little Flowers (http://www.eccehomopress.com/Little-Flowers-Home.html) or (http://littleflowersgirlsclub.blogspot.com), which promotes learning honest Catholic virtues through the lives of Catholic saints, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. My daughter was a Little Flower and loved it!

      Or, if you want something non-Catholic, try the Camp Fires USA (boys and girls, youth and teens, up to 21 years old.), http://www.campfireusa.org. I was a Camp Fire, as a young kid, after being a Girl Scout, and it was so fulfilling. I have many memorable events I will always keep, like the Father/Daughter banquets, camping, field trips, arts/crafts, and so on. Watch a short video about them here:
      http://www.campfireusa.org/GivingBack.aspx

      • Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

        I’m sorry to tell you that a lot of the evidence showing the links between Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood and the United Nations often has Camp Fire and YWCA right next to them. American Heritage Girls, Little Flowers and other Christian-based groups are your best bet.

      • Kevin Williams
        Posted January 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        Honest Girl Scouts,
        I commend you for your efforts here to not only sound the alarm but also offer beneficial alternatives for these folks concerned about what their children are exposed to and what is proper and wholesome.
        God bless you!

  12. N
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Wow this is pretty outrageous but not for the reason intimated in the article. This student’s actions may have seemed innocent to her (she was just wearing a shirt) but her refusal to comply with the supervisor’s correction was inappropriate. She chose the wrong place to “take a stand.”

    I think it is interesting that some have made comments about the girl scouts being a “political machine” etc etc and yet the entire issue here was that this young woman was NOT being neutral. Wearing a prolife shirt is making a political statement. Would these same people feel like she shouldn’t have been asked to hide her shirt’s message if it was “Pro Choice?” I’m guessing not. That is hypocritical and suggests that the real issue these people have a problem with is that they feel like the Girl Scouts are not acting as THEIR political machine. Come on now, at least be honest!

    Girl Scouts is suppossed to prepare girls to be strong, independent, hard-working women who are engaged in their communities and live with an appropriate level of socail conscience. Part of that is educating young women about CHOICES they will have to make in life. Not abortion. Not abortion-avoidance. Not any political ideology. I don’t think a pro life OR pro choice shirt has any place in that education but I think conversations about reproductive responsibility and health should probably include all of these concepts. Why is that SO controversial?? Don’t we all want educated women who are capable of evaluating facts and making responsible choices?

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      “When she went to her office during her off-duty hours to prepare materials for a meeting,…” is the key phrase here. The point is, she was NOT on the clock and should have had her personal beliefs left alone. The idea that they couldn’t bear to see her for a few minutes, in a shirt they don’t sanction, during her personal time, is what was so hurtful. Girl Scouts of the USA has a long, informal history supporting Planned Parenthood, yet they claim to be neutral on abortion. If they are so neutral, surely an off-duty employee can wear what she wants when she is not in official capacity. Why does free speech only apply to liberals?

  13. kevin williams
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    “N” and Fat Sean. Please leave us the links for the Liberal Pro abortion websites you guys advocate so we can go there and “open our mouths for the speechless.” there. Proverbs 31:8

    • Anna
      Posted January 12, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

      There is a HUGE difference between “pro abortion” and “pro choice”. The difference being that nobody is pro abortion. Please refer to political/social stances correctly–I don’t stand around saying that you are pro-tay-sachs-babies because you don’t believe abortion is right.

      • Posted January 12, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink

        If you support gun rights you are pro-gun, if you support gay rights, you are pro gay rights, if you support home schooling rights you are pro-homeschooling and if you support abortion rights you are PRO-ABORTION. Everyone of these can fall under a choice but it is the choice you are pro that determines what is should be called. And yes I am anti-abortion and proud of it.

      • kevin williams
        Posted January 12, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

        “N” and Fat Sean.
        Never mind, they are coming to US! Hallelujah!

        Anna,
        We do not even frame the argument in the same language. What we call protecting life, you call opposing “choice.” What we call “Life” you call “Anti-choice” and what you call choice we call killing.
        I wish this were just a quible about words. But it is not! It is not about choosing chocolate or vanilla, with fries or without.
        The choice you are talking about is whether or not a child must die so that you can live a selfish, hedonistic life style unencumbered by a beautiful, innocent, precious, defenseless human being that God wants to enrich your life with.
        If you have had an abortion there is hope, forgiveness and healing by our infinitely benevolent God. He delights in turning what was wrong and turning it around to demonstrate the beauty of His grace. He does this every day. Every person who asks him in sincerity and brokenness He responds to. If you are broken He can fix you.

        I am asking for prayer. A brother and I are going to The Boulder Abortion Clinic here in Colo. where they do late term abortions. I was told the abortionist there is, well…I guess you can imagine. This is our first time there. Pray we will have discernment and be filled with love and that we will be salt and light and have servants hearts. Thanks

  14. Melissa
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Way to go Renise….it’s not always easy to stick up for what’s right ,but because of you, the voices of the unborn children were heard. I wonder how the Superviser would have reacted if a Pro-Choice shirt was worn on OFF DUTY hours?!?! I have a feeling, nothing would have been said or done about that. Keep wearing that shirt, I think I’m going to buy one too. 🙂

  15. Ema
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Renise worked in an office environment, and like many businesses there is a dress code. Part of that dress code was not wearing tee shirts with logo’s on them. Every company has a right to dictate what their employees can and cannot wear as per the image they wish to portray. If they allowed her to wear her shirt, what would prevent another employee wearing a pro-abortion shirt, or a shirt with foul language on it. You can’t have one set of dress code rules for some and another for others, and it was wrong of her to come into the office dressed in a way she must have known was inappropriate. Either she’s been taught that’s she’s a precious little snowflake who rules don’t apply to if she doesn’t feel like complying with them, or she did this to get herself her 15 min of fame…why else go public for defying what was really a reasonable request from her supervisor. This isn’t the way to get the message across. She wasn’t being persecuted, she was being asked to dress according to the dress code that is clearly described in the employee handbook.

    • Charlene
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      However, the article states that she stopped by during her off hours. I work in a world headquarters office building in which I am required, by the company handbook, to dress in business attire during company time…but whenever I stop in during my time off I can wear jeans, t-shirt, sweat pants, sneakers, or whatever else I choose to wear because I am not on company time. Not trying to argue, Ema, just pointing that out…

      • Ema
        Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        I appreciate your respectful response, Charlene. I understood that she was there during her off time, but it appears as though she was there during regular business hours. As the supervisor said to her twice that, ” if she planned to stay in the office, or attend a troop meeting, she would have to turn her shirt inside out.” If she was just popping in and out before the arrival of any troops for their meetings, I doubt that her tee-shirt would have caused any issue. But as it seems that she was there for a prolonged amount of time, enough time for her to be approached not once, but twice, her supervisor was asking her to comply with the no political or other logos on clothing dress code as a courtesy to the well known work-place environment/image rules. Even though she was off-duty, she still represents the organization as an employee. She was never asked to leave, she was not fired, but she was there during business hours. I think that being asked to flip the shirt in-side-out was a reasonable request/good compromise.

    • kevin williams
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      Ema,
      If you read the first chapter of “The Exodus from Egypt” You see a story of the pro life Hebrew midwives. They were commanded by the King (His word was law!) to kill all the newborn male Hebrew children. The text says that they “disobeyed the king and saved the children alive” because they feared God rather than man. The story even shows God rewarding the Hebrew midwives for their disobedience to the King and his law. Jesus said to the Pharasees that by their man made laws they “rendered the laws of God of no effect.” Jesus also spoke of justice, mercy and faith as being the “weightier” elements of the law and superceding mans laws and traditions.
      God is unashamedly “Pro Life” over and above anybodies dress code! And we should be too!
      William Wilburforce said: “There is a principle that is above everything politic and I am not ashamed to say it. And when I reflect on the command which states “Thou shalt do no murder, believing its Authority to be divine, who am I to dare set up any reasons of my own against it?”
      In my humble opinion Ema, Renise IS a “precious little snowflake” for standing up for what she believes in even though people accuse her of trying to “Get herself 15 minutes of fame”
      Ema, do you stand up for the precious little ones in YOUR actions and words?

      • Ema
        Posted January 11, 2012 at 4:42 am | Permalink

        Are you really comparing being commanded to kill all the newborn male babies to being asked to turn a tee shirt inside-out at work? Are you saying that her actions were just as brave and admirable as those of the midwives? I believe the punishment those midwives faced for disobeying the King was death. Renise, on the other hand, wasn’t even being told that she would be fired. She was just asked to turn her tee shirt inside out. Employers have every right to stipulate that their employees dress according to the image they wish to portray to the public. Sure she had every right to quit in a huff after being asked to flip her shirt, I just think it was an over-reaction on her part coupled with her need to go public with this. I would understand her reaction if her co-workers were allowed to wear pro-abortion or anti-christian tee shirts while she was asked to flip hers inside-out, but I don’t see that written on this site or any of the others reporting this story. It appears that this organization has a set of rules that applies to all the employees equally. I have no qualm with that. I was unaware that God was asking us to stand up for the unborn through fashion statements inappropriately donned in the workplace. I’m carrying a precious little one right now, due in two months.

  16. Marc Mora
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Good for Renise!

  17. kevin williams
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Ema,
    Congradulations for the precious little one.
    Im sorry if I was a little harsh in thinking you were being judgmental of Renice. But I still do. I believe we should be uncompromising in our stance against abortion. The scripture says “Open your mouth for the speechless, for the cause of all who are appointed to die. Proverbs 31 It doesnt say to be silent about it. And I refuse to be silent and I refuse to speak ill of those who do take a stand for the precious little ones. I dont give a rat’s a$$ if they ARE violating dress codes.

  18. behold1man
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Little Flowers Girls’ Club (www.littleflowersgirlsclub) is a great virtue-based Catholic alternative to Girl Scouts.

  19. kelvin
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    I love the passion in the propagation of pro life activity am really motivated to strongly identify myself as a pro lifer let’s keep the good work

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