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A Boycott on Thin Mints? Conservatives Say No to Girl Scout Cookies

That little girl peddling over-priced thin mints and tag-a-longs may be selling you far more than you bargained for, at least according to some conservatives. CookieCott 2014 is the latest pro-life campaign and insists that Girl Scout cookies come with an unfortunate side of abortion advocacy.

“Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) recently promoted pro-abortion politicians Senator Wendy Davis and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as women to be honored for their accomplishments in 2013,” the CookieCott site reads.

Pointing to evidence found on sister Girl Scout watchdog site, MyGirlScoutCouncil.com, conservative cookie boycotters demand that the Girl Scout curriculum also promotes pro-abortionists as role models to little girls. Gloria Steinem, for example, “proudly participated in the ‘we had abortions’ campaign to remove the stigma of abortion,” according to the conservative group, yet she appears as a leader in Girl Scout materials.

The scuffle began after the Girl Scouts tweeted a list of women produced by the Huffington Post on Dec.18, which named David and Sebelius, among others, as women of the year.  The Girl Scout’s tweet, which linked the article asked, “Is there anyone you would add to the list?’

Immediately, conservative groups including Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, demanded that the Girl Scouts were endorsing the pro-choice advocate Davis and thus advocating abortion. Yet, in his response to Kelly, which aired on a a Jan.10 Kelly Files report, Bernard Whitlow said that Kelly, and other conservatives were jumping to conclusions.

Whitlow pointed out that the offending tweet at the center of the CookieCott controversy was actually a  re-tweet from another site, not an endorsement, and that the list mentioned several women who have made contributions in 2013, and “Senator Wendy Davis was among them.”

The Girls Scouts of America also clearly state on their website that they do not take a position on abortion, nor do they distribute materials or promotes issues of sexuality or abortion.  The site also does not purport to support anyone, including Davis, as woman of the year.

“Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on these issues,” the policy statement reads. “We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.”

Yet John Pisciotta, director of Pro-Life Waco and the head of the CookieCott campaign remains convinced the Girl Scouts are pushing a pro-abortion agenda. “I am offended that the Girl Scouts honor pro-abortion activists like Wendy Davis and Kathleen Sebelius and hold them up as leaders to be emulated by our young women and girls,” he said, urging all to take a stand and pass on the thin mints and tag-a-longs this Girl Scout cookie season.

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