It’s that time of year again. Your doorbell rings and instead of a Bible-toting guy in a suit or a sketchy salesperson, you find cute little Girl Scouts politely offering you cookies. They are some of the best cookies after all – how can you resist that smiling face? Sadly, I’ve found out too much about Girl Scouts USA to knowingly support them anymore. Read on to find out why.
*Please be warned that this article contains topics which may not be suitable for children.
The main reason I will no longer support Girl Scouts is because GSUSA has a long history with Planned Parenthood (America’s abortion giant) and their agenda.
- Betty Freidan (co-founder of National Organization for Women and NARAL – both radical supporters of abortion) joined the GSUSA board in 1970 and removed the word “loyalty” from the Girl Scout oath in 1972.
- World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is mentioned in“Family planning: meeting challenges, promoting choices” by Pramilla Senanayake which states:
“This project began in 1990 with funding provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)… It is co-ordinated by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Assembly of Youth, theWorld Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Young Women’s Christian Assocation (YWCA).
Training youth leaders in communication, sex education, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pregnancy, sexual relations, childbirth, child care, etc.; “
- A Girl Scout leadership manual presented 9-12 year olds with the opportunity of visiting Planned Parenthood to “learn about health issues” in a puberty workshop.
- “MEdia” Journey Book designed for girls ages 11-14 included a link to womensmediacenter.com – an organization who partners with this lovely list provided by honestgirlscouts.com (which was curiously removed after this was brought to GSUSA’s attention)
- And one of the biggest controversies over this was when the Planned Parenthood brochure titled “Happy, Healthy, and Hot” was distributed at a conference hosted by GSUSA. I’m not even going to talk about what was in that. You can see for yourself at that link.
The CEO of GSUSA admitted this herself:
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker wrote further about this and revealed more details as a person who saw what happened. Read her side here and here.
From the mouths of former Girl Scouts…
What many people are conflicted about with this controversy is that individual chapters decide what organizations to partner with. That means not all of them go out and are involved with Planned Parenthood. Many chapters are involved with churches and other great places that really do teach girls good things. However, anytime money is sent back to headquarters, you now know exactly what it’s supporting. That is something I cannot justify doing.
Learn more about this connection at Honest Girl Scouts and Speak Now Girl Scouts.
In the end, I refuse to support Girl Scouts not only because of their partnership with Planned Parenthood (and other similar organizations) , but also because of the role models they present to the young girls of America. Girls need to know that they don’t have to be “hot” to be amazing young women. We are worth so much more: more than our bodies, and more than the standards of the leftist feminists of the US. Our beautiful young girls – our future – are being swept into an organization which has the potential of changing then into young women who define themselves by their bodies. We. Deserve. Better.
If you, your daughter, your friend, or someone you know is part of Girl Scouts, please pass this message on. Tell her she’s worth more. There are other organizations (such as American Heritage Girls or Little Flowers) which promote the true dignity of girls and women.
P.S. If you can’t stand to be without GS cookies, never fear! I found this recipe for Thin Mints on Pinterest 🙂
P.P.S. I did not include all the details on this controversy because of the graphic nature of the content. Please contact me of you would like more info. Be sure to check out the links I included too!