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."