Is that sweet little girl scout trying to sell you cookies sprinkled with the blood of infants? Is she asking you to support the brutal murder of babies?
Recently the idea that Girl Scouts support and donate to Planned Parenthood has been spread among the media. Let’s examine this.
According to Robin Marty of Politico, Boycotting the Girl Scouts has been a tradition of the religious right for a long time.
“Just a few months earlier, in October, right-wing Colorado radio pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner of Generations Radio were urging a boycott of cookies because the Girl Scouts were a ‘wicked organization’ that ‘doesn’t promote godly womanhood’ and in fact ‘is antithetical to a biblical vision for womanhood,’ according to Swanson. In 2012, the Family Research Council, the Christian rights advocacy group headed by Tony Perkins, urged its 455,000 followers to pray that cookie sales would lag so that the Girl Scouts would break off their alleged relationship with Planned Parenthood.”
(Read more here).
Why are we seeing more of it now?
It’s most likely due to heightened media traction, as a simple search will bring up hundreds of articles.
So, do they support Planned Parenthood?
Perhaps they do, but they’ve made no mention of it. The recent cookie-cotts spawned when the Girl Scouts’ twitter page tweeted a link to a Huffington Post article asking followers who they thought should be woman of the year. The article mentioned Wendy Davis, a Texas Senator who filibustered anti-abortion legislation. This was enough to make conservatives go rampant and spew fallacies against the “libtard” organization.
The national Girl Scouts website dispels these myths in their FAQ:
“Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives…No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.”
The organization has never been about raising these girls in a religious nature. In line with their motto, its about empowering girls and increasing their self confidence.
A box of cookies is not a donation to abortion, whether or not you support it.