Local Girl Scout councils promote pro-abortion content and other concerning resources to girls:
While multiple examples are provided, the following is only a sampling of these concerns and in no way a comprehensive list. This page is a work in progress and will be updated frequently.
- Multiple local councils and GSUSA recommend the teen founder of RookieMag.com, and provide a live link for her "website for teenage girls." RookieMag.com contains extensive and explicit sexual content, promotes abortion rights, and includes multiple articles that specifically ridicule or dismiss Catholic teachings/beliefs.
- For girls as young as 11, multiple local councils provide "The Eloquent Women: 13 famous human rights speeches by women" via social media to assist girls in gaining proficiency in advocacy. Selections highlighted include Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's speech on women's rights to birth control; Betty Friedan's final speech as president of NOW, an organization dedicated to preserving and expanding abortion rights; and several speeches centered on sexuality that are inappropriate resources for girls, one of which recommends the use of profanities as an effective public speaking tool. (documentation at this link)
- GSUSA and the majority of local councils promote MAKERS: Women Who Make America, an online documentary exploring issues women have been involved in over the last 40 years, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights, featuring endorsements of sexual/abortion rights by Sister Theresa Kane, pro-choice nun who confronted the Pope; Sarah Weddington, Roe v. Wade attorney; Faye Wattleton, Planned Parenthood of America; Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist; Amy Richards, whose “Selective Reduction” MAKERS story details aborting two of her three triplets; and many other concerning contributors. Girl Scout promotions of MAKERS include access to MAKERS online content through social media, hosting screenings of the documentary, and panel discussions and workshops centered on the MAKERS documentary. See more details and documentation here. See page 2 of individual council statements at www.mygirlscoutcouncil.com/find-your-council.html to learn how a particular council recommends MAKERS.
- Multiple local councils recommend "44 Female Founders" as inspiration for girls in grades 6 through 12. Included on this list of entrepreneurs is Cindy Gallop and a live link to her Make Love Not Porn website, which encourages website visitors to watch posted sex videos or contribute their own. (documentation at this link)
- In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan promotes Melinda Gates’ mission of increasing contraception access, which includes an invitation to financially support this effort. (documentation at this link)
- Multiple local councils share a collection of photos depicting activists on women's rights issues, including support of abortion and government funding of Planned Parenthood.
- Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachians links girls to resources promoting sexual and reproductive freedom in celebration of International Women's Day.
- Girl Scouts of Central Illinois links girls to Melinda Gates’ promotion of many forms of contraception, even including abortifacient methods and long-term implantable contraceptive devices.
- Girl Scout of Western Oklahoma (GSWOK) shares a study that fails the state of Oklahoma in women’s health and extols Girl Scouts to lead the change. The GSWOK recommended resource ranks Oklahoma last in the nation in the study’s health category, due to laws stripping public funding for reproductive health providers such as Planned Parenthood, laws requiring ultrasounds and mandatory waiting periods for women seeking abortions, and laws placing limits on abortions after 20 weeks. (documentation at this link)
- Multiple local councils and GSUSA encourage girls to participate in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts' (WAGGGS') World Thinking Day, described as "a day of friendship, advocacy, and fundraising for girls around the world." The 2015 focus is educating girl members on the WAGGGS organization and the UN Millennium Development Goals, including improving maternal health through family planning methods. Girls are asked to donate to WAGGGS' World Thinking Day Fund as "all funds raised will go towards helping WAGGGS to deliver even more high quality educational programmes and international opportunities.” (see documentation at this link)
- Girl Scouts of Greater New York links girls to the “National Women’s Hall of Fame” which honors Margaret Sanger, Mary Calderone, Katharine McCormick, Betty Friedan, Faye Wattleton, Gloria Steinem and others for their abortion rights advocacy. (documentation: see footnote 92 at this link)
- Girl Scouts NE Kansas and NW Missouri shares an article with middle schoolers from teenadvice.about.com and encourages girls to visit the website, which prominently promotes its sexual content, including extremely explicit sex advice, as well as providing “advice and support for pregnant teens considering abortion.” (documentation: see footnotes 77-78 at this link)
- Girl Scouts of Greater New York promotes Women's History Month with a graphic of significant dates, including the date that Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, opened the first birth control clinic, and the date the pro-abortion National Organization of Women (NOW) was formed. (documentation: see footnote 91 at this link)
- WAGGGS.org – promotes contraception, reproductive and sexual rights for youth and comprehensive sex-ed. (documentation this link)
- DoSomething.org – links girls to Planned Parenthood for contraception information and to Guttmacher to learn about minors’ rights and abortion laws. (documentation at this link)
- Idealist.org – connects girls with jobs and volunteer positions at Planned Parenthood. (documentation at this link)