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Girl Scouts: "We Partner With Planned Parenthood Organizations" (GSA CEO says door open to PP)
LifeNews.com ^ | March 9, 2004 | Paul Nowak

Posted on 03/09/2004 6:17:08 AM PST by WildReeling

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life advocates thought the battle was over when the Texas Bluebonnet Council of the Girl Scouts severed ties with Planned Parenthood, ending a decade of support for the abortion business' programs for youth and clergy.

That changed when Kathy Cloninger, CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday morning to discuss the boycott.

"The Girl Scouts in Waco, Texas, really made a decision based on local community context, they decided that in this particular situation that it would be in the best interest of girls and their families to discontinue the relationship with Planned Parenthood," said Cloninger.

Cloninger explained that Girl Scouts of America addresses the challenges girls face in today's world, including issues regarding sexuality and body image.

"We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls," added Cloninger.

The frank admission of the national Girl Scouting organization's CEO regarding relationships with the nation's largest abortion business and its affiliates stunned John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco, who had called for the Waco-area boycott by running spots on a local Christian radio station.

"I had thought that Girl Scouts was backing away from Planned Parenthood nationwide. I was totally wrong," said Pisciotta, who was also interviewed on the Today Show segment. "Kathy Cloninger made it crystal clear that the split only applies to the Bluebonnet Council of Texas. Other councils in Texas and across the nation are free to partner with their Planned Parenthood affiliates."

"I thought our challenge to the Girl Scout entanglement with Planned Parenthood was coming to a close," added Pisciotta. "The reality is that the challenge has only begun."

(Excerpt) Read more at lifenews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; boycott; cookie; girlscouts; gsa; plannedparenthood; prolife; thinmints
So....pro-lifers won the battle in Waco only to realize the scope of the offense was WAAAYY bigger than they imagined.

Time for the nationwide "thin-mint" boycott I guess.

BTW, what exactly is the issue with Campfire girls?

1 posted on 03/09/2004 6:17:09 AM PST by WildReeling
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To: WildReeling
Well, I sure as hell ain't giving up my thin-mints.
2 posted on 03/09/2004 6:21:33 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe ("Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." -Abraham Lincoln, 1862)
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To: WildReeling
GSA wants to be destroyed? Here's a hint... people who have abortions don't have kids to send to GSA... people who have kids in GSA don't want them to be getting abortions... this is real simple, folks, and anyone who needs it explained to them also needs to recuse themselves (due to cluelessness) from making executive decisions on the issue.
3 posted on 03/09/2004 6:21:45 AM PST by thoughtomator (Political Correctness is fascism)
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To: WildReeling
Since the liberals have managed to screw up the Boy Scouts the Girl Scouts are next on the list.
4 posted on 03/09/2004 6:21:55 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: WildReeling
No more Girl Scout Cookies in this house, sorry to say.
5 posted on 03/09/2004 6:29:28 AM PST by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Piquaboy
Since the liberals have managed to screw up the Boy Scouts...

Since when did the Boy Scouts get screwed up? I know the Libs are trying. But I didn't know they succeeded.

6 posted on 03/09/2004 6:31:40 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o* &AAGG)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Here you go:

http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/recipes/thinmint.htm
7 posted on 03/09/2004 6:37:27 AM PST by nina0113
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To: thoughtomator
people who have kids in GSA don't want them to be getting abortions.

What makes you say that? Being in the GSUSA doesn't automatically mean a girl might not end up pregnant at 14 or 15 or 16. And in that case a lot of parents are going to be mighty conflicted.

8 posted on 03/09/2004 6:37:45 AM PST by RonF
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To: Lunatic Fringe
I just bought four boxes of Thin Mints on Saturday. Three of the boxes are hidden away as my personal stash.
9 posted on 03/09/2004 6:40:08 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: WildReeling
They were saying that discriminating against gay scout leaders was wrong.
10 posted on 03/09/2004 6:41:10 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: WildReeling
What's next an abortion merit badge?
11 posted on 03/09/2004 6:43:19 AM PST by NeoCaveman (New and improved is typically neither!)
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To: P-Marlowe
I agree. the B.S.A. is the only group in america standing up and fighting for our kids.
Why does the Girl Scouts need to bring this up. These are matters that should be left to the parents.
12 posted on 03/09/2004 6:47:57 AM PST by lonerepubinma
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To: Piquaboy
"Since the liberals have managed to screw up the Boy Scouts the Girl Scouts are next on the list."

I think it is the other way around. The Girl Scouts caved and are worthless, the Boy Scouts are the ones that are now in the liberal's cross-hairs.
13 posted on 03/09/2004 6:50:24 AM PST by George from New England
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To: WildReeling
The GSA went to the dark side years ago.
14 posted on 03/09/2004 6:50:49 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Catspaw
I had determined not to buy any GS cookies this year, and I was almost successful. Then some neighborhood girls rang our doorbell, and hubby said to buy 10 boxes. He didn't know all the controversy that I had been reading about on the internet. I went ahead and bought the cookies. A few days later I told hubby what was going on with GSA and PP. He said, "Why'd you buy the cookies?" Meanwhile, we had a virus hit our house. We won't be buying GS cookies again. I guess I should have stuck to my guns and not bought any at all. Hubby had to take care of the clean-up of the Thin Mints that 5 year old had eaten. He was so disgusted. There's a list of other stuff we won't eat anymore due to THE VIRUS.

Mmmmm. Thin Mints. (sorry, I'm sure this won't affect the flavor of your stash. :))

15 posted on 03/09/2004 6:51:01 AM PST by petitfour
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To: Piquaboy
They were saying that discriminating against gay scout leaders was wrong.

The girl scouts ALLOW lesbian leaders and members. They don't "discriminate" between normal girls and bull dykes.

16 posted on 03/09/2004 6:51:12 AM PST by jimt
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To: WildReeling
For folks who don't want to support the GSA, they should also research the National PTA. When you join your local PTA, you also pay $2.00 in dues to the National PTA, which supports a whole lot of liberal causes. Encourage your school to sever ties with the PTA and start up a parent/teacher organization that keeps dues for the service of your school. The National PTA is nothing but a lobbying organization for socialists.
17 posted on 03/09/2004 6:51:50 AM PST by petitfour
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To: WildReeling
Before all of you stop buying GS cookies, stop by my house and buy some. We have over 100 boxes to get rid of!

My wife is the Troop Leader and is planning on quitting and starting an American Heritage Girls troop in May (she has GS events scheduled until then).
18 posted on 03/09/2004 6:53:58 AM PST by jtminton (2Timothy 4:2)
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To: nina0113
Trefoils:

http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/recipes/shortbrd.htm

and Samoas (this doesn't sound right, but I don't like them so don't really know):

http://recipes.chef2chef.net/recipe-archive/16/094780.shtml
19 posted on 03/09/2004 6:57:23 AM PST by nina0113
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To: nina0113
Mmm, thanks. I have food allergies, but I think I could make these edible!
20 posted on 03/09/2004 7:00:43 AM PST by ahayes
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To: All
How can we buy our Girl Scout Cookies directly from the Bluebonnet Council in Waco? If any Mother/Daughter Girl Scout team tries to sell me cookies, I'll have my principled response ready, "I will buy several boxes of cookies from you when your local council severs all ties with Planned Parenthood." There, now I feel much better!!!
21 posted on 03/09/2004 7:09:19 AM PST by PatriotBill (REMOVE)
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To: RonF
True enough, but by and large people who are gung-ho about abortions tend to be less likely to have children. Thus the consitutency for childrens' orgs will naturally run against the baby-killing crowd.
22 posted on 03/09/2004 7:13:00 AM PST by thoughtomator (Political Correctness is fascism)
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To: WildReeling
INTREP - BOYCOTT GIRLCOTT GSA
23 posted on 03/09/2004 7:20:15 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: WildReeling
Planned Barrenhood.
24 posted on 03/09/2004 7:26:29 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (The butter on message bread.)
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To: nina0113
Put on your Trefoil hats.
25 posted on 03/09/2004 7:27:38 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish.)
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To: PatriotBill
>How can we buy our Girl Scout Cookies directly from the Bluebonnet Council in Waco?<

Not a good plan.Local group gets about $.25 per box. Product manufacturer gets about $ .50 . National gets the other $2.75 per box or whatever is left. I have not bought this scam in years.GSA and United Way two peas in a pod.
26 posted on 03/09/2004 7:46:37 AM PST by Blessed
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To: WildReeling; little jeremiah; scripter; ArGee; lentulusgracchus; Bryan; MeekOneGOP
Bump & Ping
27 posted on 03/09/2004 7:59:10 AM PST by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: WildReeling
Maybe they can have a girl scout cookie fund raiser for low income girls that need abortions.
28 posted on 03/09/2004 8:34:05 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: jtminton
For easy access: American Heritage Girls

http://www.ahgonline.org/

I've been intending to enroll my 7yo daughter in GSA soon,
but this type of garbage from them has stayed my hand. I'll
be looking into influencing some of the local GS leadership
about bolting GSA and getting into Am.Heritage instead.

I see that NYState has no AH troops as of the time their web
page was last updated, though, so support for us might be a
bit difficult to get. Worthy situation to look into, though,
so I thank you for the heads up.
29 posted on 03/09/2004 8:39:27 AM PST by AFPhys (My Passion review: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089021/posts?page=13#13)
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To: petitfour
Amen. PTA is just an NEA auxilliary.
30 posted on 03/09/2004 11:38:06 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Blessed
Thanks for the info! I had no idea the breakdown was so lopsided.
31 posted on 03/10/2004 6:09:28 AM PST by PatriotBill (REMOVE)
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