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New anti-abortion rights website targets Girl Scouts

11:31 am - 05/17/2011
A new anti-abortion rights website has emerged, its aim focused on the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

Speak Now: Girl Scouts is the product of two Texas-based teen sisters, Tess and Sydney Volanski, who claim to have recently quit the Girl Scouts after eight years because they discovered the organization has a “pro-abortion mindset.”

The homepage of the all-pink website begins with the following introduction (emphasis in the original):

We refuse to remain silent while this organization’s unscrupulous principles mislead over 2 million girls in the United States alone. We created SpeakNowGirlScouts.com in order to spread the truth to others who have no idea what GSUSA’s [Girl Scouts of the United States of America's] true intentions are. This website is our way to speak now and we hope it encourages you to do the same!


We refuse to remain silent while this organization’s unscrupulous principles mislead over 2 million girls in the United States alone. We created SpeakNowGirlScouts.com in order to spread the truth to others who have no idea what GSUSA’s [Girl Scouts of the United States of America's] true intentions are. This website is our way to speak now and we hope it encourages you to do the same!

Johnson was involved with Planned Parenthood for eight years before having what she refers to as a “change of heart”; Tess and Sydney were involved in the Girls Scouts for eight years before going on what they refer to as a journey, which was “not a casual, easy, or convenient decision.”

Johnson immediately joined the Coalition for Life after she left Planned Parenthood; the Volanskis are currently volunteers for their local Coalition for Life.


The Girl Scouts initially came under scrutiny from the anti-abortion rights community last fall, after the Catholic Family & Human Right Institute reported that the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGG) hosted a girls-only panel at a United Nations Commission on the Status of Women event, where the Institute claimed WAGGG allowed Planned Parenthood to distribute an International Federation of Planned Parenthood brochure on the subject of sexuality and HIV titled “Healthy, Happy and Hot” to the Girl Scouts.

Since then, anti-abortion rights groups such as the Family Research Council have condemned the Girls Scouts of the USA and its international branch for having “increasingly close connections” with Planned Parenthood and, by extension, abortion. The Family Research Council has praised the creation of the Volanskis’ new website — which also cites the IFPP brochure — and has directed young girls to take the teens’ lead and quit Girl Scouts to join American Heritage Girls, a “nonprofit dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country,” according to the group’s website.

But Girls Scouts USA has long disputed this one-year-old story about the brochure. GSUSA spokesperson Michelle Tompkins told The American Independent that the national Girls Scouts organization does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood, has never had one and never plans on having one. Tompkins said the story about the HIV/sex brochure was made up.

In an official statement disputing the claim, GSUSA said that no one from the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute was in the room where the pamphlets were supposedly given to Girl Scouts and that no girls who attended that specific UN panel received such a brochure.

Tompkins said that the national and international Girl Scout organizations do not have a position on abortion or birth control other than to be neutral on both, but she said girls in individual troops throughout the country are allowed to work on projects on virtually any issue, including abortion and birth control.

“We support girls who do projects on both sides of these issues,” Tompkins said. In addition, Tompkins told TAI she was recently alerted to a Girl Scout doing a project on Creationism, with an anti-abortion emphasis on reproductive rights, and another girl who did a project on international reproductive health with an angle skewing the other direction.

GSUSA’s official position, according to a statement:

Our official position on health and sex education is that in some areas of the country, Girl Scout troops or groups may choose to hold discussions about human sexuality and may choose to collaborate with a local organization that specializes in these areas. The topic is discussed from a factual, informative point of view and does not include advocacy or promotion of any social or religious perspective. Participation in these discussions is optional, and each girl who participates must provide written consent from her parent or guardian.


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Don't read the comments.
a_leprechaun 17th-May-2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
a factual, informative point of view

Well, there's your problem right there. Facts often have a clear liberal bias, /oldjoke
rex_dart 17th-May-2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Crossing my fingers for further Girl Scouts/Planned Parenthood collaboration. It's only a matter of time before we get a free box of Thin Mints with every terminated pregnancy.
teacup_werewolf 17th-May-2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
*snicker*
angry_chick 17th-May-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
I want for people like these sisters, who marginalize others, to feel like the dirt at the bottom of my shoe. No one should cater to their hateful beliefs.

(also deleted a post that said the same thing - it just double-posted)

Edited at 2011-05-17 07:34 pm (UTC)
art_house_queen 17th-May-2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
This.
anolinde 17th-May-2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah... If the girls are fourteen/fifteen now, it's more likely their parents made them quit because of the "pro-abortion mindset." You know, considering the girls would have been six/seven at the time.
cricketmemoirs 17th-May-2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
How long before I see this on LAF I wonder.
kyra_neko_rei 17th-May-2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
The Girl Scouts initially came under scrutiny from the anti-abortion rights community last fall, after the Catholic Family & Human Right Institute reported that the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGG) hosted a girls-only panel at a United Nations Commission on the Status of Women event, where the Institute claimed WAGGG allowed Planned Parenthood to distribute an International Federation of Planned Parenthood brochure on the subject of sexuality and HIV titled “Healthy, Happy and Hot” to the Girl Scouts.

Flyer about safe sex = abortion?

They missed the "?????" and the "PROFIT!!!"
aviv_b Sarcasm alert17th-May-2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
I see, so the Catholic Family & Human Right Institute is saying that if those girls want to be healthy, happy and hot then they should just keep their legs together. Otherwise they apparently deserve all the bad stuff that might happen to them.

Excuse me, my head just exploded.
liret 17th-May-2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Background information. It kind of looks to me like the mother was trying to make the girls pro-life celebrities in the style of Abby Johnson.

On an unrelated note, some sections are obviously plagiarized. The listing of books, plays, and people included in girl scout educational material includes short descriptions of why they're evil. (Some of them have gay people! Some of them have feminists!) Most descriptions do not sound like they were written by a high school freshman, so I googled a few of the more obvious phrases -at least one description is taken word for word from a plot summery on a Cliffnotes-style site.
nikoel 17th-May-2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, this has mom agenda written all over it. Hopefully, these girls will a) start thinking for themselves by the time they hit college and b) not find themselves in need of an abortion before that happens.
ceilidh 17th-May-2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Girl Scouts are pro-abortion? Where can I sign my daughter up? *only partially kidding*
cyranothe2nd 17th-May-2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Now I'm even ~more~ pleased that my daughter is a Girl Scout.

Also, handing out pamphlets about sexuality and HIV /= advocating abortion. What these people really have a problem with is women having control over their own reproduction. That's what this is about. It's pretty clear from their 'Countering the Culture' video (which I can't embed but can be watched here. "...to provide girls the moral compass so necessary to navigate the seas of today". Gross.
miss_world13 17th-May-2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
I must have missed the abortion praising portion of Girl Scouts when I was selling cookies. Will this madness ever cease?
fishnet_hamster 17th-May-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
LOL seriously. Where was I when the abortion propoganda was being passed out? That must've been a meeting I missed, because all I remember are cookies, badges and orienteering.
baked_goldfish 17th-May-2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
The cookies






are made of abortions.
amyura 17th-May-2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
And this is why I'm relieved I have daughters instead of sons. I've always thought scouting is an awesome activity for kids, but I would never allow my sons to do Boy Scouts because of their right-wing agenda. Girl Scouts, on the other hand, kicks ASS.
farting_nora 17th-May-2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
I have a boy and a girl and I really wish there was a way I could sign them both up for girl scouts.
I was a girl scout when I was a kid and I loved it, but there is no way I would allow my son to be a boy scout.
gretchystretchy 17th-May-2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
So, in short: some anti-choice mom wanted her daughters to be like Abby Johnson and is sullying the name of Thin Mints in the process.

Lovely.
crossfire 18th-May-2011 12:29 am (UTC)
brb setting aside an extra $20 for Girl Scout cookies.
accioceci 18th-May-2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Fuck that, samoas are the shit.

I'm not even touching the abortion fuckery, I'm just angry they're going after an organization that sell cookies. I mean, really now.
___closetome 18th-May-2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Tompkins told TAI she was recently alerted to a Girl Scout doing a project on Creationism, with an anti-abortion emphasis on reproductive rights,

lol





sometimes i can't fathom how ignorant some people are
red_pill 18th-May-2011 06:13 am (UTC)
appart from the pamflet thing at the interntal girl guides thing, witch is roppy, what exactly are the guides suposed to have done?
purplemewit 14th-Jan-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
They don't categorically say abortion is wrong and tell girls to keep their legs shut or they'll die.

So of course they're evil.
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