Planned Parenthood

Click the image of GSUSA former CEO, Kathy Cloninger, above to hear her proud claim that Girl Scouts partners with Planned Parenthood.

See the many ways Girl Scouts is connected to Planned Parenthood
(This is a growing list that will be regularly updated. Please check back to see additional documentation and examples of the Girl Scout/Planned Parenthood connection.)

In 2004, the CEO of Girl Scouts USA, Kathy Cloninger stated on national television that, “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.” (You may view the video of Mrs. Cloninger’s statement at the bottom of this page) Despite this statement by the Girl Scouts CEO, which has never been retracted, GSUSA is now denying the national organization’s connections to Planned Parenthood. Additionally, GSUSA claims they do not take stand on matters of birth control or abortion, yet they continue to promote pro-abortion champions and resources to their members.  All we are asking is that GSUSA be honest about this connection that CEO, Kathy Cloninger, has already confirmed on national television. 

Why is it so concerning to us that the Girl Scouts organization is exposing girls to Planned Parenthood? Because Planned Parenthood teaches promiscuity to children, grooming future birth control and abortion clients. Because at Planned Parenthood sex-education events for youth, Planned Parenthood has distributed “educational” material, considered by many groups to be pornographic, to kids as young as 10 years old. To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s explicit sex education programs visit this resource

The Girl Scouts organization does currently have connections (both past and present) to Planned Parenthood. 

NATIONAL CONNECTIONS

What about the new GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chavez? See this resource detailing Mrs. Chavez's connections to Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocacy groups. The leadership may have changed but it appears the philosophy remains the same. 

At the November 2011 Girl Scouts National Convention in Houston, several speakers affiliated with Planned Parenthood were featured. See our Convention Report here.

The Girl Scouts badge entitled "On Your Own" referred girls directly to www.PlannedParenthood.org, citing this resource as a Helpful Link. This badge was promoted on the official Girl Scouts USA site for girls called Studio 2B.  Planned Parenthood reference is now scrubbed, but you can see an image of the badge requirements here.  See top of page 2 for the Planned Parenthood link. 

GSUSA promoted and recommended the website stayteen.org to girl members through the GSUSA Global Action Patch.  GSUSA Patch Requirements sent girls to the stayteen.org to learn where a pregnant teen could go for help. Where does Stayteen.org send girls for "help"? Planned Parenthood.

In the GSUSA book for girls, Girltopia on page 10, GSUSA promotes Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood Executive Director Sheri S. Tepper. (This GSUSA recommended book -- that has been labeled as "feminist porn" -- and the author were promoted to girls by GSUSA for 3 years, 2009-2012. GSUSA now says the reference to Ms. Tepper and her book will be removed on the next reprint of Girltopia, reprint date unknown.)

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

According to International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and IPPF have a "close partnership." (see bottom middle column of page 2 of link for IPPF/WAGGGS connection)   The WAGGGS promotes the right to "affordable, accessible, safe abortion" and sexual rights for youth.  Note:  See GSUSA's statement that every member of GSUSA is automatically a member of WAGGGS and supports them in name and financially.  The $12 annual membership fee girls pay to GSUSA triggers a quota that is paid by GSUSA to WAGGGS.  See this resource explaining the GSUSA-WAGGGS money flow.

LOCAL COUNCIL CONNECTIONS

Every local Girl Scout Council in the United States promotes, uses and sells the official GSUSA curriculum, called Journeys.  These GSUSA materials refer girls to abortion rights advocacy groups and role models who endorse Planned Parenthood. See page scans from the GSUSA books at this link.  

A substantial number of Girl Scout Councils have admitted they partner with Planned Parenthood. See news clip here.  In addition to each council promoting abortion rights advocacy groups through the official Girl Scouts' curriculum, documentation below shows how many individual Girl Scout Councils are connected to Planned Parenthood:

ARIZONA

Sahauro Girl Scout Council/Girl Scouts Southern Arizona participated as  a local partner for Planned Parenthood's "Real Life. Real Talk." sex education program for teens. (You can see the Girl Scouts' official logo and link to the council website right under the entry for "Pro-choice Clergy".)

FLORIDA

Girl Scouts Gateway Council works with Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocacy groups in the First Coast Girls Initiative. 

GEORGIA

Girl Scouts Greater Atlanta (formerly Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia): Council hosted a WAGGGS leadership conference for teens to discuss global issues for teens. Event collaborators included Planned Parenthood. (This document provided by Life Decisions International)

NEBRASKA

Girl Scouts of the Great Plains: appointed Beverly Todd Nolte, a former vice president of marketing and lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Nebraska and Council Bluffs, as CEO and leader of the 11,000 girl council.

NEW YORK

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York: The council's local Planned Parenthood affiliate boasts that they have provided "comprehensive sexuality education" to local Girl Scouts. (see page 5 of the Planned Parenthood annual report)

Girl Scouts of Western New York: Planned Parenthood of Western New York lists Girl Scouts of Western New York as their "community partner." See page 6 of this Planned Parenthood Annual Report.

Girl Scouts New York PENN Pathways: (The following excerpts are reposted with permission from 100questionsforthegirlscouts)

Click here to see how a Girl Scout council in New York (NYPENN Pathways) is currently partnering with Planned Parenthood on their Real Life Real Talk project.

Click here to see a Planned Parenthood publication stating that the NYPENN Pathways Girl Scout Council was also partnering with Planned Parenthood on this project in 2010.

Click here to access a video on the Real Life Real Talk website showing how a teenage lesbian comes out of the closet by kissing her girlfriend in front of her heterosexual friends, and then click on "Lipstick."

Click here to see where Girl Scouts browsing on the Real Life Real Talk website can link to Sex, Etc. A Website By Teens for Teens where among other things:

  • Girls are told here that it can be a selfish choice not to have an abortion.

  • Girls can receive instructions on how to obtain sexual pleasure using various body parts.

  • Girls can receive graphic and detailed answers to questions like "How do girls who have sex with girls have sex?" and "How do guys who have sex with guys have sex?"

PENNSYLVANIA

Girl Scout Freedom Valley: Planned Parenthood Chester County announces in a Community Report that they are “pleased to have established a new collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the Freedom Valley, through which [they] were able to reach more girls while successfully managing growing program costs.” (see page 4 of this document)

TEXAS

Girl Scouts Bluebonnet Council: honored Pam Smallwood, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood/Central Texas, as a Girl Scout "Woman of Distinction."  This local council also sponsored a Planned Parenthood sex-education program for children, allowing the official Girl Scouts logo to be printed on Planned Parenthood's brochure advertising the event "Nobody's Fool: Dating, Love, Sex, and HIV?" Click here to see this brochure with the Girl Scout logo on it.

TENNESSEE

Girl Scouts Heart of the So. Council (GSHS) hosts event with Planned Parenthood Speakers. The event flyer advertises $3 for registered Girl Scout adults and $5 for the general public, where attendees can learn from two Planned Parenthood educators chosen by the Girl Scouts. Supporting documentation: 

Flyer for GSHS "Growing Up A Girl" featuring Planned Parenthood speakers

GSHS featured speaker Dr. Lynda Sagrestano (PP Vox Advisor) What is Vox?

GSHS featured speaker Nikole Gettings (Abortion educator for Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis)

VIRGINIA 

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast: honors Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger as a "woman who has made a significant impact in her profession or on society" in the Women of History patch for ages Kindergarten and up.

OTHER

In addition to the above information, see this timeline documenting the GSUSA/WAGGGS connection to Planned Parenthood dating back to 1967.

Girl Scouts affiliation with other pro-abortion groups:

GSUSA promotes Media Matters in their printed materials for girls and recommends girls go to the anti-conservative www.mediamatters.org for reliable news. This organization supports Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion views. (GSUSA has announced MediaMatters will be removed on the next reprint of their MEdia book for girls, reprint date unknown)

Through the Global Girl Scouts Interest Project, GSUSA promoted and recommended the radical pro-abortion Global Fund For Women, co-founded by Frances Kissling, long time president of Catholics For Free Choice. This Girl Scouts-approved website is full of pro-abortion content.

Through the Global Girl Scouts Interest Project, GSUSA promoted and recommended the website of pro-abortion Amnesty International.

Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council in Texas teamed up for a girl event with the pro-abortion League of Women's Voters (LWV). LWV is a group who worked against proposals that would ban late term abortion, fought "conscience" regulations, and supported the Freedom of Choice Act. To read more about LWV abortion-rights advocacy, click here. The Houston Chapter of LWV that works with Girl Scouts Jacinto Council also opposes Rick Perry's Texas Sonogram Law, designed to allow women access to an ultrasound before they baby is aborted.

Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council in Texas honors Sylvia Garcia with their 2012 Success to Significance Award at their annual council event. In June 2011, Ms. Garcia's organization, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) joined with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), Catholics for Choice, EMILY’s List, and Annie’s List as co-hosts of a reception celebrating champions for Latina health during NALEO's 28th Annual Conference. See this link for Planned Parenthood's announcement of this event with NALEO entitled "Women’s Health Advocates Celebrate Champions of Latina Health" Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards praised Ms. Garcia for her help with the protection of "reproductive rights" (which of course includes abortion).  At the 2011 NALEO Conference, Planned Parenthood was both a featured speaker and an exhibitor.

As a reminder: This page is a work in progress and we will add new information often. Check back for updates!