The Girl Scout cookie drive is in full swing and, as in the past, the 100-year-old organization expects to profit handsomely from truckloads of thin mints, caramel delights, shortbread, and other favorites sold by a nationwide army of green-clad girls to family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and complete strangers. But a few pro-life and pro-family groups are recommending a boycott of the cookies this year because of the Girl Scout (GSUSA) organization’s partnership with Planned Parenthood, its practice of allowing sexually confused boys to join its ranks, and its reported promotion of pre-marital sex among the girls it mentors.
In a Washington Times column published in mid-January, Cathy Cleaver Ruse of the Family Research Council helped get the boycott ball rolling as she recalled having to say no to a “sweet little neighbor” girl who came to her door to sell cookies. “I told her mother that I didn’t want to hurt Katie’s feelings,” wrote Ruse, “but I couldn’t support the Girl Scout cookie sale anymore because I’d learned too much about the organizers’ agenda, primarily their support for abortion and partnership with Planned Parenthood.”
Not surprisingly, the organization has denied any official connection to the abortion giant. “Misinformation is passing as fact,” Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney quoted Girl Scouts D.C.-area president Diane Tipton as saying. “The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control, and these topics are not part of the Girl Scout program or our materials. We believe these matters are best discussed by girls with their families.”
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