Missouri Right to Life reports:
Because Girl Scouts USA promotes, both directly and indirectly through other organizations, policies and behaviors clearly contradictory to the goals and purposes of Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to consider carefully whether to participate in Girl Scouts or support them in any way.
There are many significant pro life concerns about the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) collaborates with numerous organizations that promote abortion for all women, including adolescent girls. GSUSA is the largest member organization1 of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), making up a quarter2 of its 10 million girl members worldwide3 and paying over 1 million dollars4 annually to WAGGGS based on the number of registered GSUSA members5. Through its resources6, participation in international seminars and conferences7, and non-formal education programs8, WAGGGS actively advocates for and funds campaigns to expand reproductive/ abortion rights. Both GSUSA and WAGGGS delegates regularly participate in various UN conferences, and, as representatives of WAGGGS, advocate specifically on behalf of their 10 million girl members9 for the inclusion of abortion rights on the global stage10. The International Planned Parenthood Federation claims a close partnership11 with WAGGGS. In the United States, regional Girl Scout councils (though not required) are permitted to partner12 with local Planned Parenthood affiliates. GSUSA is also a member organization13 of The Coalition for Adolescent Girls, whose international and national agenda specifically supports abortion related care for adolescent girls14 .
Girl Scout materials are concerning as well. GSUSA’s Journey series, which is the curriculum used by every Girl Scout council, recommends and promotes many well known abortion-rights advocates like Gloria Steinem15 , Betty Friedan16 , Geraldine Ferraro17 , and Dolores Huerta18 , and organizations such as Amnesty International19 , the Population Council20 , and the ACLU21 .
Girl Scouts USA’s official blog, which is accessible to all members and which young girls very likely access, is also problematic, as it frequently includes live links to publications that consistently promote sexual and reproductive/abortion rights and explicit sexual content such as The Huffington Post22, Marie Claire magazine23, iVillage24, and Jezebel25.
Even the sale of Girl Scout cookies is a concern, as GSUSA makes millions of dollars every year from the licensing fees derived from the production of the cookies26 to further fund their efforts outlined above.
Until the Girl Scouts renounces its support for and promotion of all those organizations referenced above and their pro-abortion advocacy positions, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to carefully consider whether to participate in or support the Girl Scouts.
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