Despite Objections, Girl Scouts Distributed Planned Parenthood Handout at UN Mtg

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Despite Objections, Girl Scouts Distributed Planned Parenthood Handout at UN Mtg

by Austin Ruse
March 16, 2010 Note: Austin Ruse is president of the New York and Washington DC-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.

Late last week we reported in our weekly Friday Fax that the Girl Scouts allowed the distribution of an explicit and dangerous sex guide – produced by the International Planned Parenthood Federation – in a Girl Scout panel for adolescent girls at the UN.

We have been inundated with responses from Girl Scout moms, Girl Scout leaders and others angered and confused that such a thing could happen.

Recall the sex guide tells teenage girls, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”

The sex guide goes on to tell girls, “Some people have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice.”

The Girl Scouts have flatly denied that the sex guide was available at their UN conference. We stand by our story and based on new evidence we go further. The sex guide was distributed with the full knowledge and consent of the Girl Scouts-USA.

The Girl Scouts imply another group left the literature prior to their panel. Understand that the Girl Scout meeting was on opening day of the conference (March 1), which means the room was clean of all literature that morning.

There were four other meetings in that room that day prior to the Girl Scouts meeting. At 10 am the NAACP had a meeting about climate change. At noon the UN had an orientation meeting for NGOs attending the conference. At 2 p.m. CORAID had a meeting about counterterrorism and women.

Very clearly, none of these meetings were on adolescent topics, which was the target audience of the sex guide.

The Girl Scouts say we were not in the room. That is true. All non-Scout adults were thrown out prior the meeting; and no wonder given what was distributed there. However, even though our source was thrown out of the room, she stayed around and as the doors closed she went right in to see what was being distributed. It was there and then that she found the stack of dangerous sex brochures.

The source for our story and the woman who went into the room to monitor what the Girl Scouts were doing is mother of seven Sharon Slater who is also president of longtime UN pro-family group Family Watch International.

That the Girl Scouts would allow such a guide makes sense. The meeting was for adolescent girls. The brochure was made for adolescent girls and boys. In an awful way, the brochure was in context for the Girl Scout meeting.

More importantly, the Girl Scouts have a long time relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Here is Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger from a 2004 interview on The Today Show:

…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.”

If the Girl Scouts do not approve of the sex guide that they made available at their conference, they should say so.

If they do not approve of the brochure and its message, they should say so.

The Girl Scouts have an obligation to their members, to the girls and their parents to disassociate themselves from this dangerous Planned Parenthood sex guide for teenagers.

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