|Updated: 2/05 11:16 pm
||Published: 2/05 11:12 pm
The Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood: Not a pairing many would think of. But some groups say there’s a connection and they want you to boycott Girl Scout cookies.
While many people are counting down the days until they can buy a box of them, other want you to boycott the cookies. This time the buzz is about some Tweets and Facebook posts by the Girl Scouts that linked to articles that talked about people who support abortion rights.
For seven years Laura Hartman has helped her daughters Girl Scout troops sell cookies. Nearly every year someone has a reason they want people to boycott cookie sales—but Hartman says it’s always about issues way over the girls heads.
“I think for us on the troop level it’s a complete non-issue. We’ve never had any negative reaction from anybody in the community,” says Hartman.
Some people who responded on our Facebook page just didn’t want anything to get in the way of them and their favorite cookie. But most people agreed with Hartman. They said it wasn’t fair to drag young girls into debates they don’t know anything about yet. Hartman says it’s never been an issue for them here.
“The people in our community have too much class. They know that these are girls; they’re building entrepreneurial skills, social skills, and selling some cookies,” says Hartman.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma told us, like the Girl Scouts of the USA, don’t take a position on abortion or birth control. They also say they have no relationship with Planned Parenthood.
With cookie sales just around the corner, Hartman says troop leaders are prepared to deal with anyone who doesn’t believe them.
“Any time we do a booth sale there are multiple adults present. It would up to the troop leaders to take that person aside and say look, this is not the appropriate time or place, and refer them to the Girl Scout Council,” says Hartman.