Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, Missouri, is urging churches in his diocese to reevaluate relationships with Girl Scouts of America troops due to the organization’s longstanding relationship with Planned Parenthood.
The Archbishop’s guidance echoes the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which has encouraged the faithful who wish to participate in Girl Scouts to establish a “memorandum of understanding” ensuring that local councils are free of the anti-Life programming and activities which have become hallmarks of councils nationwide. Girl Scouts have obfuscated their troubling abortion-related connections by stating that councils are free to partner with whomever they like, effectively deflecting blame for their ongoing friendship with Planned Parenthood. These councils comprise the Girl Scouts movement; therefore, actions of individual councils are the actions of the Girl Scouts at large.
In 2010, for example, Girl Scout delegate to the United Nations Nefeli Themeli demanded: “Accessible, affordable and safe abortions should be made part of the minimum packages of sexual and reproductive health services.” Pro-Life activist Jill Stanek captured a screenshot of that declaration’s original wording before the statement was abridged to read more vaguely: “Sexual and reproductive health services should, as a minimum, be accessible, affordable, and safe,” before the page containing the evolving statement was scrubbed completely from the website.
According to LifeNews.com, a large body of evidence supports the assertion that the Girl Scouts of the USA do maintain an ongoing relationship with Planned Parenthood and are vociferous abortion supporters in their own right.
Rather than trying to come to some kind of understanding with the Girl Scouts in an effort to protect their young daughters from Planned Parenthood propaganda, many parents have eschewed Girl Scouts completely in favor of more wholesome alternatives. Among the options available to girls is American Heritage Girls, whose stated mission is, “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.” AHG was founded by an Ohio mom whose daughters were involved in Girl Scouts until the organization’s shocking advocacy began to surface. Other Pro-Lifers have boycotted Girl Scout cookie sales to stand against the anti-Life agenda that characterizes the organization.