Would you like an IUD with those Girl Scout cookies?

Dateline: Tue 21 Feb 2012

Wow. Just wow.


Just when you thought the world was safe from Communism, now we've got allegations from a Hoosier lawmaker, no less, that the Girl Scouts of America are in bed with Planned Parenthood. According to Rep. Bob Morris of Fort Wayne -- you know his party affiliation -- "A Girl Scouts of America training program last year used the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet 'Happy, Healthy and Hot'"


"The pamphlet instructs young girls not to just think of sex as 'just about vaginal or anal intercourse' 'There is no right or wrong way to have sex.' 'Just have fun!'

Morris also quotes a warning from the auxiliary Catholic Bishop James D. Conley of Denver who last year said that membership in GS could make children more receptive to the Planned Parenthood abortion message.


I checked Snopes; the story has not shown up on the website that busts open urban mythology.

If it is true, dumb tactical move on the part of the Girl Scouts. No amount of yummy cookies can make up for the bad PR or controversial alliance. Keep the Girl Scouts pure; "be prepared" to avoid even the hint of misconduct.

Check it out; I intend to....




Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Oh, please, Ruth!
Rep. Morris' sources are bogus.
This is all over the national news, which has debunked his every claim.
Consider it part of the last hurrah of the patriarchy.

2012-02-21 13:45:55

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

A quick Google search turned up this:

The pamphlet in question, from the International Planned Parenthood Federation, is a "guide written for young people living with HIV to help them understand their rights, and live healthy, happy and sexually fulfilling lives."

It is NOT a sex education pamphlet for young girls.

You can learn more about the whole kerfuffle here:

2012-02-21 13:53:12

ruthholl [Member] said:

Thanks. I am enlightened and relieved, seeing as how some of my best little friends are Girl Scouts.
I have not had a chance to do any checking on this, so I appreciate your spadework.
Is the bishop off the mark, too?
Is there any association between PP and the scouts? or is that all baloney?

2012-02-21 17:40:20

Jason [unverified] said:

I believe I read somewhere this whole thing began when a chapter in Colorado allowed a transgender boy to join who presented as a girl (someone correct me if my wording is wrong, I'm trying to say a boy dressed up as a girl scout.)

In the same article the Bishop or Monsignor of Denver was mentioned, pretty sure he was pissed off about it but I don't remember the exact response.

2012-02-21 19:16:44

Duke Young [unverified] said:

This guy disgusts me - and I am a moderate republican with absolute support for women's reproductive rights. Googling around, there is plenty of evidence that PP is behind this pamphlet. Not clear who the intended audience is - I don't see any evidence that this was widely distributed to GS. If the target is experienced young women who are HIV positive it may be appropriate; no point in teaching them the old "aspirin between the knees" technique. As to his "research," if you google long enough, you can select out sites to support almost any position?

2012-02-21 22:27:40

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Yes, Duke Young, the International Planned Parenthood Federation issued the pamphlet in question -- check their website.

It's very clear for whom the pamphlet is intended: both men and women who are HIV positive.

It is NOT part of any Girl Scouts of America program.

Bosma had it right yesterday when he handed out Thin Mints at the Indiana legislature. As he said, "I've been to the carnival before, and you don't walk into every sideshow tent."

Morris is a clown, and I feel sorry for his two little girls.

2012-02-22 08:42:44

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Jason is correct.

And here's something you don't often hear: "Bosma got it right."

And Ruthie honey, you ought to know, bishops are wrong a lot of the time. Ivory Palaces and gold crosses. They've got a lot of nerve weighing in on anything in the public policy arena anytime in the next few decades, given the cruel hoax they played on thousands of unsuspecting young boys and the resulting coverups.

Moxie they got in spades.

2012-02-22 19:25:54

hendy [Member] said:

"Bosma got it right" is an oxymoron.

Welcome to the Corn Cob Curtain, otherwise known as the Alabama of the North.

These are the guys you you elected. How much more embarrassment are you going to take?

2012-02-23 07:20:04

B2 [unverified] said:

"Welcome to the Corn Cob Curtain, otherwise known as the Alabama of the North."
Ah, if only more of us backward Hoosiers were as enlightened as Hendy. Would be such a blissful place.

2012-02-23 07:49:24

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

With birthers, conspiracy theorists, creationists and all the other kooks and nuts in Indiana, it'll be a long time before we make it off the "laughing stock of the nation" list.

2012-02-23 14:41:07

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

And, by the way, why isn't the media calling out the GOP presidential candidates for their cognitive dissonance?

If you promote contraception, you prevent pregnancies. Contraception does not increase the numbers of "unwed mothers".

2012-02-23 14:43:33

hendy [Member] said:

The traditional media is in the pockets of who they hope wins: whomever supports their corporate vacuousness. The social networks are reverberating with the rotisserie of candidates that once exposed to the light of day and public opinion, watch their memes shrink away like the Wicked Witch of the West after the rain storm.

2012-02-23 16:45:24

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