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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 nearly one-third2 of its 10 million3 girl members worldwide and paying 1.5 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. GSUSA continues its membership11, alongside abortion providers Marie Stopes International and International Planned Parenthood Federation, in the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, which includes “abortion-related care” among its goals12. GSUSA confirms13nbsp;that its local councils and troops may collaborate with Planned Parenthood.

Every girl member is inextricably linked to all 3 levels of the Girl Scout organization. Each individual girl’s annual registration and dues14, processed through her local council, registers her as a GSUSA member. Additionally, WAGGGS states “Anyone who is a Girl Guide or a Girl Scout is automatically a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).” 15 Further, every local council promotes and supports16 GSUSA and WAGGGS.

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 Steinem17, Betty Friedan18, Geraldine Ferraro19, and Hillary Clinton20, and organizations that publicly support abortion rights such as Amnesty International21, National Organization For Women (NOW) 22, the Population Council23, and the ACLU24.

GSUSA's official on-line resources, which are frequently shared by local councils and individual members, contain concerning content.  Girl Scouts' "Inspiring Women Timeline" for girls promotes25 pro-abortion politicians and activists such as Nancy Pelosi, Betty Friedan, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Geraldine Ferraro.  GSUSA 2015 honorees26 include Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Sheila Jackson Lee, both of whom have 100% NARAL ratings for their unwavering support of abortion legislation, including partial-birth abortion.  GSUSA social media posts highlight 7 women of "courage, confidence, and character" including27 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her ferocious defense of Obamacare; recommendations28 for 2013's Women of the Year, including late term abortion rights advocate Senator Wendy Davis; and 10 Teenage Girls Who Have Changed the World, featuring29 Tavi Gevison and her popular online magazine, Rookie, aimed specifically at teenage girls, which promotes30 abortion rights and contains31 explicit sexual content.

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 cookies32 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.

Concerns with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (PDF)

Bishop Johnston's statement on the GSUSA (PDF)





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