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Girl Scouts Distribute Planned Parenthood Sex Guide at UN Meeting Comments

One recent Girl Scout project 'aims at securing the right of women, men and adolescents aged between ten and twenty-five, to better reproductive and sexual health.'

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  1. May
    4 years ago

    I am sickened by this. As a troop leader and as a mom. Girl Scouts is suppose to be teaching our girls about GOD and community, NOT SEX ED.

  2. Larry
    4 years ago

    Is there a national alternative to this misguided organization?
    There is a need for the healthy aspects of girl scouting but not through this organization.

  3. Joanna
    4 years ago

    If more people were informed that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, wrote extensively about how abortion was a good way in which to purify the races in this country (a popular idea in her time) I think less people would be so deceived as to think this is an issue exclusive to women. I'm just sorry that young girls who wear a uniform that signifies honor are now being led into the clutches of such a misguided and manipulative special interest group.

  4. becky
    4 years ago

    Have any of the 30-35 girls in that session been quoted or interviewed? Does no one know who they were? Why is all the info posted from everyone EXCEPT one of these girls (meaning one of their parents)?

  5. Jim
    4 years ago

    The big issue here is whether GSUSA, which was supporting WAGGGS and its delegates at the UN meetings recently, approves of or endorses the abortion advocacy shown on the WAGGGS website at http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/CSW54/Day6

    If you are involved in Girl Scouting, I urge you to contact your local dicocesan youth minsitry and scouting contacts and complain. I also urge you to contact the NCCGSCF at info@nccgscf.org or their parent organization, the NFCYM. The posting Laura cites to is nothing but a regurgitation of the GSUSA statement, and the GSUSA has been claiming this statement as external endorsement of Girl Scouting at the UN on their official Facebook page. They don't want us to comment on this issue because they keep deleting comments left by posters on the Faacebook page who are trying to discuss this issue rationally.

    Please send this info to your Catholic scouting friends, we need to urge the NCCGSCF to have GSUSA provide a statement that it does not condone or agree with the WAGGGS abortion advocacy.

  6. Laura
    4 years ago

    I've been following this story since it broke last week or whenever it was since I'm on the C-Fam mailing list too. I've really been praying about this situation and appreciate your concern regarding the controversy.

    I have to tell you that I'm really not convinced that Girl Scouts had anything to do with the handing out of this brochure. The panel that Girl Scouts co-hosted was not related to sexual issues nor was Planned Parenthood a participant so I don't see that it makes sense that handouts related to sexuality would have even been a consideration. We need to keep in mind that this was a conference held by the UN with only this one panel being hosted by Girl Scouts and that literature could have been present at some sort of literature table that was placed there by someone affiliated with Planned Parenthood or who supported their agenda. There is a statement from Girl Scouts of the USA on the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire at the link below. Please share this response with others you know who might be concerned about this controversy:

    http://www.nccgscf.org/news/index.htm


    The above statement is consistent with everything I've been exposed to both as a Girl Scout growing up and since I've been a leader over the last few years. Girl Scouts requires council approval before any involvement in activities or discussions of a sensitive or controversial nature. A parental permission form is required and parental attendance is highly recommended for any time there will be a meeting related to any sensitive topics. "A girl should hear all sides of a question and be guided by her parents or guardian and her religious teachings before she makes a decision. Encourage the girls to see that each family has its own way of doing things based on family customs, religion, cultural background, lifestyles, and so on." "The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on family planning. Our membership is a cross-section of America with regard to opinions on religious and social issues and practices. We believe these matters are best decided by girls and their families."

    The Girl Scout Promise is "to serve God and my country, to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout Law" so there has always been emphasis on serving God. I'm not sure if you realize just how many Catholic religious awards and patches can be earned by Girl Scouts. Religious awards are very highly valued in Scouting with the recognition (the pin or patch) for having earned them being among very few recognitions that can be worn on their uniforms throughout their entire Scouting career. At this time, Catholic Girl Scouts can earn the following awards or patches (some are for youth and some are for adults) which in my opinion really speaks to where Girl Scouts values really lie: "Guardian Angel," "Family of God," "I Live My Faith," "Mary, the First Disciple," "The Spirit Alive," "St. Elizabeth Ann Seton," "St. Anne," "Pray the Rosary," "Joyful Mysteries," "Luminous Mysteries," "Sorrowful Mysteries," "Glorious Mysteries," 13 different "Footsteps of American Saints" with 5 more in the works plus there are awards and patches that can be earned by Scouts of other faith expressions. Plus, there is a Divine Mercy Award that one troop created and some girls are earning : http://www.marian.org/divinemercy/story.php?NID=3409


    We need to keep in mind that there are evil forces at work in our lives and that those forces will do whatever they can to destroy the positive influences that are available to our youth. Girl Scouting is a threat to those evil forces because it "strives to create girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place." I feel very strongly that this is one of those situations where Satan is doing his work through people who have their hearts in the right place by making it seem like they are doing the right thing. If we let him perpetuate doubt about Girl Scouts and people stop supporting their programs and pull their girls out of scouting, just think of the effect that will have on future generations of women.

    I urge you all to check with your local diocese. Nearly all of them have a Catholic Committee on Scouting. If our Church leaders support the mission of Scouting then I feel comfortable being a Girl Scout leader and allowing my daughters to be Girl Scouts.

    Oh, and to the person who was concerned that money from Girl Scout cookies might be going to support Planned Parenthood, please know that all proceeds from the cookies stay within the troops and the GS Council. Girl Scouts doesn't give money to other organizations in that way.

  7. Robb
    4 years ago

    Does anyone know anything about the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry? They are supporting GSUSA. www.nfcym.org/news.htm
    We live in Colorado, here is what we received from GS of Colorado: "The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on family planning. We are an inclusive organization, and our membership is a cross-section of America with regard to opinions on religious and social issues and practices. We believe these matters are best decided by girls and their families. The Girl Scout Leadership experience is about developing courage, confidence and character in girls, not promoting personal agendas. The Girl Scout organization has no affiliation with any political organization. Neither Girl Scouts of the USA nor Girl Scouts of Colorado has ever had a relationship with Planned Parenthood." Despite this the content @ www.wagggsworld.org insdisputively advocates access to abortion and sexual education. www.wagggsworld.org/en/CSW54/Day6

  8. Annie
    4 years ago

    Like so many girls, my daughter quit scouting after brownies. Her troop leader was such a kind thoughtful LADY. I cringe at the thought of breaking this news to her. Local leaders are in a better position to change things than the rest of us on the sidelines.What should the rank and file Catholic do to get some action on this? It makes me ill to think that GSUSA is benefitting from the generousity of the church and parochial schools.The scouts do not pay a dime to use their facilities.I belong to a volunteer organization and we pay to meet.Unfortunately the Church needs to apply some pressure on these ladies to change from the Girl Scouts to another organization.If troop leaders keep supporting GSUSA this story will go away like so many other news stories that we read,say,"tisk, tisk" and forget. Meanwhile planned parenthood literally has their way with our little girls.

  9. maureen
    4 years ago

    SICK! To think of all the time and energy I have poured into this organization! To hear of this nonsense on the birthday of scouting, March 12! Absurd! It's shameful that the brochures were distributed, shameful that the "party line" says they weren't, and shameful that GSUSA is claiming not to have a relationship with the PP or IPPF. Google this, ladies. It's easy to find. I hardly want to dedicated any more energy into a group which is deceptively allowing our young daughters to be led astray. With so many demands on our time, we all need to seriously rethink which groups will benefit from our energies. We must be sure that groups have values which align with ours. Shame on the Girl Scouts! Juliette Low wouldn't recognize this organization at all!

  10. Kathleen
    4 years ago

    To formally protest, do not send in spring registrations. When they see the registration decrease they may listen. GS is all about the numbers.


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