Planned Parenthood + Girl Scouts = Cookie Boycott?
It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Who can resist those adorable girls with their patch sewn vests as they sell Girl Scout cookies to help raise funds for their local troop? Girl Scout cookies are a tradition and an American pastime. However, in recent years the Girl Scout USA organization has seemed to stray from their oath “to serve God and country” and have moved progressively Left, politically, to promote reproductive rights and a pro-abortion agenda. National pro-life groups have joined together to promote Cookie Cott 2014, a boycott of Girl Scout cookie sales to inform about this ever-increasing pro-abortion indoctrination on America’s youngest females.
According to the Cookie Cott website, this boycott was formed after “the Girl Scouts recently endorsed pro-abortion politicians Wendy Davis and Kathleen Sebelius as worthy models for our children”. They are referring to a tweet by the Girl Scouts organization on December 18, 2013 linking to a Huffington Post segment that named Davis and Sebelius, as well as others, as “Incredible Women of 2013”. Wendy Davis is the Texas state senator that made headlines for filibustering a Texas abortion bill that would ban late-term abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Kathleen Sebelius is the HHS secretary who has been known for her pro-abortion stance. She is also at the forefront of Obamacare’s HHS mandate in requiring companies to provide contraceptives and abortifacients in their healthcare plans.
This recent endorsement, although unofficial, of pro-abortion activists is just another example of why many families are choosing to walk away from the Girl Scout organization. Planned Parenthood, the number one provider of abortions in America, has been directly linked with Girl Scouts USA. According to the Girl Scout website, they deny this link. However, the evidence is overwhelming as to just how connected the organization is to Planned Parenthood. Local Scouts in Texas, California and New York have worked directly with Planned Parenthood groups and GSUSA is the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts that have a working relationship with (surprise, surprise) the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
So why boycott the cookie sales? Cookie Cott 2014 wants to educate consumers on just where their money goes in helping to promote this pro-abortion agenda. While a good percentage of the money goes to the local troop and council, Girl Scouts USA collects a royalty based upon every box of cookie that is sold. So even though a local troop or council may not be promoting this pro-abortion agenda and may even be pro-life, GSUSA still receives a large percentage of funds from the cookie sales which helps to support resources and advocacy groups that promote this reproductive/abortion agenda.
Cookie Cott 2014 is not a boycott against individual Girl Scout troops or councils. It is a boycott against the sale of cookies that fund GSUSA and their pro-abortion, left leaning ideology. The Radiance Foundation, a pro-life group that has joined in this boycott effort, stated on their Facebook page, “We withdraw our support from those who push ideologies that are contrary to our belief systems. We’re not encouraging everyone to abandon the Girl Scouts, which is why financial pressure should cause individual councils to demand changes from the radically pro-abortion anti-family practices of GSUSA.”
It’s the easiest thing to buy cookies from innocent girls who have no idea of an organization that is pushing an ideology contrary to their beliefs. However, nothing is going to change unless we de-fund GSUSA and help to stop this pro-abortion indoctrination. We love our Girl Scouts and all they do in our local communities but we do not want them to be peddlers for an organization that pushes an ideology that goes against family values and the sanctity of life of the un-born.
For additional information about Cookie Cott 2014 go to: www.cookiecott.com
For additional information about the GSUSA link to Planned Parenthood go to: www.MyGirlScoutCouncil.com