MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE POLICY ON THE GIRL SCOUTS
MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE POLICY STATEMENT
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 one- third2 of its 10 million girl members worldwide3 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. 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, and many do so in a wide variety of ways. 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 that publicly support abortion rights such as Amnesty International19, the Population Council20, and the ACLU21.
GSUSA's official social media accounts, which are frequently reposted by local councils and individual members, contain concerning content. GSUSA shares resources such as famous speeches22 by women including Margaret Sanger's speech23 on women's rights to birth control; an article24 depicting activists on women's rights issues, including support25 of abortion and government funding of Planned Parenthood; and "44 Female Founders," 26 a list of women entrepreneurs that includes Cindy Gallop and a live link to her Make Love Not Porn website27, which encourages website visitors to watch posted sex videos or contribute their own. GSUSA regularly provides live links28 to the Huffington Post, a publication that consistently advocates29 for sexual and reproductive/abortion rights, and invites30 girls to actively participate in organizations31 that advocate for reproductive/abortion rights. GSUSA also extensively promotes32 the "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" documentary which features endorsements of sexual/abortion rights by Sister Theresa Kane33, prochoice nun who confronted the Pope; Sarah Weddington34, Roe v. Wade attorney; Faye Wattleton35, Planned Parenthood of America; Amy Richards36, whose “Selective Reduction” MAKERS story details aborting two of her three triplets; and many other concerning contributors.
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 cookies37 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.