by WorldTribune Staff, March 5, 2019
Two former participants in Girl Scouts say they spent a decade documenting the organization’s relationship with the abortion industry.
Ann Saladin, creator of MyGirlScoutCouncil.com, and co-editor Christy Volanski said Girl Scouts USA have relationships with Planned Parenthood and political leaders who support abortion and a left-wing agenda in general.
“At the very least, it’s a cozy relationship,” Volanski told Breitbart News.
While some media outlets are emphasizing that Girl Scouts does not send funds specifically from cookie sales directly to Planned Parenthood, Volanski noted that “the fact that Girl Scouts exposes girls to Planned Parenthood through their organization is much more insidious than a financial relationship.”
“Many Girl Scout critics focus primarily on the relationship between Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood, but the concerns are so much broader than this one concerning connection,” Volanski said. “The Girl Scout organization features many progressive pro-abortion organizations, activists, politicians and events to its girl members.”
Saladin and Volanski say that the Girl Scouts have even struck up a relationship with Teen Vogue, a magazine which promotes “reproductive justice” and has offered a tutorial on anal sex.
The Girl Scouts said in a November tweet: “Girl Scouts is excited to be in sunny LA at the #TeenVogueSummit. We’re all about tackling pressing issues that girls deal with on a daily basis and are joining forces to create a better world for future leaders.”
Volanski said “The Teen Vogue Summit focused on ‘reproductive justice,’ and featured speakers such as former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and manager of Youth Organizing for Planned Parenthood, Sharim Hossain.”
Saladin stressed to Breitbart News that one of Girl Scouts’ most disturbing more recent partnerships has been with the Teen Vogue Summit.
“GSUSA’s recent sponsorship, participation, and promotion of the Teen Vogue Summit, which featured ‘reproductive justice’ among its topics, is the latest example at odds with their assurance that ‘GSUSA does not take a position or develop materials on these issues [human sexuality, birth control, and abortion],’ ” she said. “If tweeting out the pro-abortion mantra ‘My body, my choice, my rights’ isn’t taking a position, I don’t know what is.”
Breitbart noted that “One of the Teen Vogue Summit speakers was the Girl Scouts’ own Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the organization’s developmental psychologist who, prior to Christmas, penned a post warning Girl Scout parents that encouraging their daughters to hug relatives during the holidays might plant the seed they owe sexual favors later on in life.”
MyGirlScoutCouncil posted to Facebook last week that the Girl Scouts Gold Award – its highest honor – went to a “reproductive health justice” project to “educate people about and destigmatize access to women’s healthcare.”
“Completing this Girl Scout project for “reproductive health justice” began by joining the Women’s March,” the Facebook post said.
Girls Scouts USA states on its website, regarding the issues of human sexuality, birth control, and abortion, it “does not take a position or develop materials on these issues.” Similarly, Girl Scouts denies having “a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.”
Volanski noted that local Girl Scout councils and individual troops are permitted to partner with Planned Parenthood.
The Girl Scouts also state that “[e]very Girl Scout and Girl Guide organization is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – and each Member Organization, including Girl Scouts of the USA, pays dues.”
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is an organization that advocates globally for abortion rights, Breitbart News noted.
Girl Scouts USA is also a member organization of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG), which advocates for abortion, contraception and comprehensive sex education for girls.
In addition to the Girl Scouts, CAG includes International Planned Parenthood; global abortion provider Marie Stopes International; the sexuality-focused Advocates for Youth; the Institute for Reproductive Health; the United Nations Foundation; and the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Women Deliver organization, that focuses on access to contraception and abortion.