Oklahoma Girl Scouts react to anti-abortion boycott

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Updated: 2/05 1:23 pm Published: 2/05 1:20 pm

The Associated Press reports anti-abortion groups angry over what they see as the Girl Scouts' support for abortion-rights advocates are organizing a cookie boycott.

Groups such as Pro-Life Waco and Pro-Life Wisconsin have taken issue with tweets and Facebook posts linking to articles recognizing Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Davis shot to political stardom last year with a filibuster of abortion limits. Sebelius is another Democrat who supports abortion rights.

Girl Scouts spokeswoman Kelly Parisi says the posts were meant to encourage people to get involved in discussions about the top newsmakers of 2013. She says the organization does not endorse politicians or take stands on political issues. She said the links should not be seen as endorsements.

Becky Carver, director of communications for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma sent FOX23 the following statement about the controversy:

"There is a fair amount of buzz about alleged links with Planned Parenthood that spark cookie boycotts every year. We wanted you to be aware that many of these activist groups make connections where there are none.

This is from our official documents:

“The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control. 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.”

I can assure you that GSUSA (our national organization) as well as GSEOK (the local council of eastern Oklahoma) neither have relationships with Planned Parenthood, nor plan to have any relationship with the organization. We do not offer programming that is led or contributed to in any way by Planned Parenthood."

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logical - 2/6/2014 1:28 PM
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Dear exTXGirlScout... you are misrepresenting the facts. GSUSA did NOT "tweet out a video praising Wendy specifically for her abortion rights advocacy". And neither did the organization call Sebelius a woman of courage and character. The organization linked to Huffington Post & Washington Post articles which compiled a long list of influential women during the year 2013. Lists recapping things that happened the previous year occur every new year(Top 20 of this & that). Are you surprised by that? People got onto that list by being "influencers" - influencers in science, technology, business, arts, & politics. It's the politics part of the influencer list that you have a problem with. IF a WOMAN (not a man)in the pro-life movement had done something significant enough in 2013 to be included on that list, they would have been there as well and the link to the article still would have happened because that woman was also an influencer. I'm searching my memory for an instance of a woman who was an original news maker in the pro-life movement(& not a reactionary story)and nothing comes to mind. I'm not saying there wasn't a strong influencing leader, but can you think of a news story of someone (female)in pro-life who broke headlines? The GS organization's link motivation to link to the Huff Post & Washington Post article is about women as influencers in the world in general. Women as influencers in the world - what a concept. If pro-life politics are so important to you, then do something. Dedicate your energy to making the list yourself for your personal cause. If not for politics, then for science, or business, or arts. If you understand GS, you know this is what they are about. And shame on you for using a children's organization as a battle ground for your political or religious agenda. Inclusivity means remaining neutral to individuals race, religion, or politics. The fact that Huff Post and Washington Post listed Davis and Sebel

ravran - 2/6/2014 1:01 PM
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Did someone pass over the 100 questions for the Girl Scouts Organization? http://www.familywatchinternational.org/100/

ExTXGirlScout - 2/6/2014 6:29 AM
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Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma: if your organization's position is that abortion and control are best left to the family, why would Girl Scouts tweet out a video praising Wendy specifically for her abortion rights advocacy? Why do Girl Scouts call abortion activist Sebelius "a woman of courage and character?" Why do you promote in your curriculum for girls many abortion rights activists and also many organizations advocating for abortion, but no pro-life groups? Sounds pro-choice to me. And hey, if you are pro-choice, just own it. Be honest.

Unwashed Mass - 2/5/2014 10:37 PM
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Dont like women's rights? Beat up a Girl Scout. Classy.
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