|The Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood
: Relationships Around the Nation
A. In the National Catholic Register, May 9-15, 2004 edition, an article detailed the following facts:
1. On March 5, 2004, the CEO of Girl Scouts USA, Kathy Cloninger, appeared on the “Today” show on NBC and stated that the Girl Scouts partner “with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”
2. In May of 2003 the Girl Scouts’ Bluebonnet Council in Waco, Texas, designated as a “Woman of Distinction” the executive director of Planned Parenthood of central Texas.
3. In Connecticut, the Girl Scouts honored a Planned Parenthood official for promoting “healthy practices” in local troops.
4. In Amarillo, Texas the Girl Scouts have sponsored Planned Parenthood sex-education seminars for 4th through 8th graders (9-13 year olds).
5. In Pennsylvania, three Girl Scout councils state on internet sites that Planned Parenthood is invited in to talk to Junior Girl Scouts and these talks make up the majority of the effort the girls need for a special “Becoming a Teen” badge.
(web address: www.ncregister.com/archive/May/0509lead2.htm)
B. The Christian Broadcasting Network ran a story on April 6, 2004, that was titled: “Mixed Messages: The Girl Scouts Relationship with Planned Parenthood”. This article discussed a July, 2003, sexuality conference in Waco, Texas, entitled “Nobody’s Fool” that was co-sponsored between the Girl Scout Bluebonnet Council and Planned Parenthood. This conference has been sponsored by the Bluebonnet Council for nine years and targets girls in grades seven through nine. Pro-life Waco has stated that the national Girl Scout logo was on the program flyer and advertisements and Girl Scout employees served as volunteers for the program. A book titled It’s Perfectly Normal, that is recommended for ages 10 and up, was given away. Topics included in this book:
2. all forms of birth control
3. depictions of different sexual positions
4. open discussion of homosexuality
5. top nine reasons to have an abortion, including:
- if the parents didn’t have enough time or money to take “good care” of a baby
- if the parents felt too young to be parents
- if the girl or woman simply didn’t want to become pregnant
(web addresses: www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/040604a.asp
C. The American Life League states that in Omaha, Nebraska, in mid-2004, the Great Plains Girl Scout Council appointed the former Vice President of Marketing of Planned Parenthood of Nebraska, Beverly Todd Nolte, as their executive director. In January, 2004, Ms. Nolte defended a Planned Parenthood program that informed teens on how they could bypass Nebraska’s parental notification law. In the Omaha World –Herald on January 11, 2004, Ms. Nolte is quoted as stating: “We see it as an issue of information teens need to have, we’re standing up for teens’ rights.”
(web address: www.all.org/stopp/st040618.htm)
D. On Thursday, October 14, 2004 the executive director of the Girl Scouts' Bluebonnet Council attended the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the opening of Planned Parenthood of Central Texas, as reported on the LifeNews.Com web site on October 19, 2004. The Girl Scouts' Bluebonnet Council's Board of Directors had voted in February of 2004 to cut all ties with Planned Parenthood due to overwhelming parental pressure to do so.
E. The web site of the Colorado Mile Hi Council of the Girl Scouts lists among its 2004 Women of Distinction Ms. Susan Damour, who recently became Senior Vice President - Internal and External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
(web address: www.girlscoutsmilehi.org/index.cfm?fuseaction+content.home&iPageContentCategoryID=253)
F. The American Life Leagues’ STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood) International conducted a survey last spring and summer in which every Girl Scout Council was asked if they had any type of relationship with Planned Parenthood. Out of 315 Girl Scout Councils only 99 would respond to this question. Of those 99 respondents, 23 councils from around the country admitted that they have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. The following is a list of states that these 23 councils are in, with some states having more than one council with ties to Planned Parenthood. It is not known how many other states have councils with ties to Planned Parenthood that refused to respond to this survey.
Connecticut New Hampshire
Colorado New Mexico
Massachusetts New York