Time to Stop Supporting the Girl Scouts

For a few years now I have been seeing stories about how the Girl Scouts are pushing abortion harder and harder. At first the references to the organization’s campaign in favor of abortion was disparate and isolated. But now that they are pushing for Texas candidate Wendy Davis, it’s finally all too much. It is time to stop supporting the Girl Scouts.

For me, in years past I maintained that you shouldn’t hold the national organization to task for what local groups did. But as the connections mounted year in and year out, it all became too much to ignore. Now, despite what the national organization claims, it is simply impossible to believe that the GS doesn’t materially support abortion quite despite what they claim as an official policy.

Several national pro-life groups have banded together this year to officially boycott the Girl Scouts over its support of abortion, most especially its ties to the baby-killing group Planned Parenthood.

Granted the Girl Scouts claim that their official position on abortion is to have no position on abortion. But the GS’s actions speak to the opposite.

In fact, the GS denies that they have any ties at all to Planned Parenthood. However, they have recently come to tout Texas abortion pusher Wendy Davis as an important “role model” for their girls and have in the past pushed Planned Parenthood leaders and operatives as “role models” for girls to look up to. The GS has also frequently pushed Planned Parenthood resources on their girls.

But to have “no position” would mean to avoid connecting with it pro or con in order to avoid a defacto position through support, yet the GS is thoroughly connected to Planned Parenthood despite the “no position” claim.

SIGN THE PETITION AND JOIN THE BOYCOTT: We Support the Pro-Life Girl Scout Cookie Boycott

As Steven Ertelt writes, the GS has a long and growing trail of connections to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.

Fresh on the heels of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) sharing a recommendation for Wendy Davis as a 2013 Woman of the Year via their official Twitter account, the organization suggests HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a woman “with courage, confidence, and character.”

Meanwhile, the new national spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts, Kelly Parisi, is the former spokeswoman for a pro-abortion organization — one founded by Gloria Steinem.

The Girl Scouts have been criticized for their involvement in the May, 2013 Women Deliver Conference, an international event that included “safe and legal abortion” among its overarching themes. It documents its role in the planning and facilitating of the December, 2012 Bali Global Youth Forum and the outcome declaration, which demands youth access to abortion.

The ties between the two groups have been questioned ever since former Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger admitted on NBC’s The Today Show: “We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with…Planned Parenthood organizations across the country.” See the video here.

Then, in a national survey, seventeen Girl Scouts councils admit to partnering with Planned Parenthood; many other councils refuse to answer the survey question. Of the 315 Girl Scout councils in the U.S., 17 councils reported having a relationship with Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, and 49 reported they do not. The other 249 refused to disclose any relationship.

In 2010-2011 Girls Scouts in New York partnered with Planned Parenthood for a sex-ed program, “Real Life. Real Talk.” The program website touts their partners: “Real Life. Real Talk. is proud to count the following organizations, faith communities and companies as partners: …Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.”

For fourteen year,s the Girls Scouts in Waco, TX co-sponsored a sex ed conference with Planned Parenthood. “It’s Perfectly Normal” a book written by a Planned Parenthood executive was given to all children in attendance says abortion can be “a positive experience.” And in January 2012, Girl Scouts employee Renise Rodriguez wore a “Pray to End Abortion” t-shirt during off-duty visit to her Tucson Girl Scout office and was ordered to her to turn the shirt inside out or leave.

As LifeNews reported in 2012, the Girl Scouts joined with Planned Parenthood to head a UN conference and LifeNews reported on the investigation the Catholic Church is undertaking into the ties between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups.

This is all a bit much for a group that has no ties to Planned Parenthood or one that doesn’t push abortion, isn’t it?

So, a group of pro-life advocates have launched a petition to let the Scouts know that they are on the wrong path.

The coalition of pro-life organizations that are boycotting sales of the cookies is: LifeNews, American Life League, the Pro-Life Action League, the Radiance Foundation, blogger Jill Stanek, the National Black Pro-Life Union, the Issues4Life Foundation, and Life Coalition International.

SIGN THE PETITION AND JOIN THE BOYCOTT: We Support the Pro-Life Girl Scout Cookie Boycott

Finally, do the Girl Scouts have a right to push abortion on their little girls if they want to? Sure they do. And we have a corresponding right to protest their actions, boycott their fundraising, and attempt to persuade them to stop pushing abortion.

So, join us in pressuring the GS into actually fulfilling its “no opinion” policy and eschewing all connections to Planned Parenthood.

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Posted by on February 2, 2014.
Filed under Abortion, Christianity, corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Liberals.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • 914

    That’s to bad, I love thin mints and Savannahs..

  • LiberalNightmare

    >>

    Finally, do the Girl Scouts have a right to push abortion on their little girls if they want to? Sure they do. And we have a corresponding right to protest their actions, boycott their fundraising, and attempt to persuade them to stop pushing abortion.

    So, join us in pressuring the GS into actually fulfilling its “no opinion” policy and eschewing all connections to Planned Parenthood.

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    Well, they have already ruined the boyscouts. I guess they need something else to do.

  • Paul Hooson

    I might surprise everyone here for being prolife myself. But, I also think that we might be judging the Girl Scouts too harshly here. Some local Texas chapters might admire Wendy Davis as a strong female role model, but that hardly means official support for abortion or any other position that Davis may support. If anything, both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts tend to be somewhat conservative in their values such as the organization’s long held opposition to homosexual members or scout leaders. – I’m not going to stop buying those great tasting cookies because of this. I see no smoke, I see no fire….The dots don’t connect for me….

  • Brucehenry

    It’s only a matter of time before some wingnut reduces a troop of 10 year old girls to tears by calling them “murderers” outside a Bi-Lo grocery store in Armpit, SC. I just hope someone gets it on video and uploads it to Youtube.

    • Paul Hooson

      I find myself in rare agreement with you here. You’re usually too liberal and some of the other opinions are too far right for me. I’m happy to be in the center most of the time.

      • Brucehenry

        This “LifeNews” site that Warner links to repeatedly here reads like the worst kind of rabid, exaggerated propaganda.

        I think they’ll have about as much success boycotting Girl Scout cookies as the AFA had boycotting Disney World what, 10 years ago?

        • warnertoddhuston

          You are both fucking morons. No one is attacking little girls here. The attack is against the organization. Idiots.

          • Brucehenry

            Didn’t say anyone was — yet. But rabblerousers will rouse rabble.

          • Vagabond661

            Yeah look what those rabblerousers tried to do at Chik-fil-a.

          • Brucehenry

            I still eat at Chick-fil-A. That’s a good chicken sandwich.

            Girl Scout cookies are good quality stuff, and the sales force is adorable. A boycott is doomed.

          • Vagabond661

            I don’t disagree. But your first comment was over the top with no factual basis. You would and have called out people for that.

          • Brucehenry

            I admit it’s pure speculation. Doesn’t seem unlikely to me, though.

          • Vagabond661

            It’s more likely that a gay couple will sue a business owner for not baking them a cake. It’s more like a woman insists her religious based employer to pay for her birth control. It’s more likely that someone will throw paint on someone else’s fur coat. It’s more likely that someone will sabatoge contstruction vehicles to keep them from disurbing an salamander’s nest.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            More like pure projection. It’s what bruce and his fellow travelers would do.

          • Paul Hooson

            Everyone needs to pick their fights. This one’s laughable because some parts of the state GS organization had some kind words for a possible candidate for governor of Texas. Maybe, that wasn’t wise there. But, that’s hardly any endorsement for any of the policies of Wendy Davis. – How many churches that hold antiabortion views sponsor a GS chapter? Probably at least a couple hundred or so in a big state like Texas. – Bruce’s point is still valid here – How long before some nut job is involved in a disorderly and misdirected exchange with a GS troop sponsored by a Catholic or Mormon church at some shopping mall?
            I personally remain prolife, although I am deeply embarrassed by some who call themselves prolife.

    • 914

      They would cry a lot faster if they saw a Youtube video of what some of the collection money they raise was doing to unborn children not much younger then them.

  • 914

    The moral of the story is leftists are historical and present day murderers plain and simple.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Another unintentional parody blog. Boycott the Girl Scouts. Riiiight. And sure enough all 10 wingnuts on the Internet who think this way, and who don’t buy stuff from the Girl Scouts in any case, will pledge to boycott them. Back in the mid-2000′s the Idiocracy components of the allegedly-conservative blogosphere also fomented a national boycott of Target Stores, to which not a single person on Main Street paid any attention. That one had something to do with Salvation Army collection bins, or whatever. Then in the next breath, of course, if the Idiocracy left decides they want to boycott Chick-Fil-A, or some such nonsense, the Idiocracy right will counter boycott and accuse the former of being un American. It never ends. It’s a ping pong match of absurdities. The politics of coffee klatches and sewing circles. Idle time, idle minds. Meanwhile while the blogs are boycotting this or boycotting that the country at large is devolving into a de facto third-world banana republic.

    • Paul Hooson

      I have to agree here. I struggle to make people laugh with my feeble attempts at humor with my bad caption contest entries, and lo and behold, Warner blows away any attempts that I make to make people laugh with something as unintentionally funny as this. The evidence linking the GS organization to promoting abortion here wouldn’t stand muster in any court of law. – If Wendy Davis is seeking the governship in Texas, then it might have been bad judgement to seem to appear as partisan for any GS chapter to promote her as role model, unless an attempt is made to balance her with a Republican role model.