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In their own words, GSUSA makes the following promises:

  • “GSUSA policy is not to take a stand on or advocate for or against any issue regarding a girl’s health and sexuality.” 
  • The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control.”
  • “Girl Scouts does not endorse or align itself with political parties.”

Yet, many GSUSA recommended resources and role models promote abortion rights, contraception, comprehensive sex-ed and GSUSA provides few to no resources that promote the pro-life position, purity or abstinence.

All of the GSUSA books listed below are part of the current Journeys series, being used now by girls and sold both in council bookstores and on the GSUSA website. The information below takes into consideration GSUSA's Master List/Summary of Material Review dated February 28, 2012.  Although GSUSA has some changes to their curriculum content leading girls to abortion rights advocacy groups, and other inappropriate content, GSUSA's 2/28/12 list of changes does not address the concerns listed below.

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GS Resource-

Recommended age

Page # (click to view page scan)

Issue/s

Category

Agent of Change

Age: grades 4-5

Page 19

Promotes pro-abortion Catholic and labor activist Delores Huerta. In 2007, Mrs. Huerta received Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger award and was honored by Call to Action, a pro-abortion Catholic dissident group, with their "Leadership Award". Mrs. Huerta also helped defeat California parental notification requirements for minors’ abortions. The Girl Scouts honored Mrs. Huerta by promoting the Delores Huerta patch and calling her a  “voice for good” in the curriculum book for older girls (Your Voice Your World).

Abortion

Agent of Change

Age: grades 4-5

Page 75 

Recommends that girls seek out Sierra Club representatives as expert resources for an environmental “Take Action” project. The pro-abortion Sierra Club’s top action step for their “Global Population and Environment Program” is “Increasing universal access to voluntary family planning services and comprehensive sex education.” Sierra Club partners in this project include Planned Parenthood, Guttmacher Institute and SIECUS. Click here for site excerpts and documentation.

Abortion

Contraception

AMAZE

Age: grades 6-8

Page 11

Refers girls to www.astrolog.org, a site which exposes girls 11-13 to Black Magic, New Age, and Pagan theologies. Click here to see site excerpts and documentation.

New age

AMAZE

Age: grades 6-8

Page 14

Movie watching activity: GSUSA encourages young girls to watch the movie Clueless, which the USCCB rates as morally offensive for its ridicule of virginity, implied affairs and casual substance abuse by adolescents. In 2010, this page was reprinted to remove R-rated movies, Heathers and Jawbreakersbut Clueless remains a GSUSA recommendation on the newly edited page.

Adolescent Sex

AMAZE

Age: grades 6-8

Page 74 Harriet Woods in quoted and presented to girls as a US Politician, journalist, and civic leader.  The New York Times makes note of Harriet Woods' unwavering support for abortion rights.  

Mission Sisterhood

Age: grades 9-10

Page 65

GSUSA presents Gloria Steinem as a women’s rights activist of great vision who has moved sisterhood to where it is today. Mrs. Steinem is an avid supporter of abortion rights and Planned Parenthood and considers PP founder, Margaret Sanger, a heroine

Abortion rights icon

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 8 and Page 76
presents GSUSA presents Billie Jean King as a "voice for good." Billie Jean King created a video explaining she had an abortion because she did not want to bring a child into the world. Billie Jean King, supported abortion rights by participating in the Ms. Magazine “we have had abortions” campaign. 
Abortion 

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 28



Quotes and praises Margaret Mead as an anthropologist and activist.  Mead’s anthropology work was very controversial:

From the New York Times:  From the publication of her first book, "Coming of Age in Samoa," in 1928, in which she described the values of adolescent lovemaking in Samoan society, Dr. Mead's name became associated with sexual theory. A good deal of her subsequent writing contended that sexual repression worked against healthy maturation of the young and against successful marriages.

Also see this video at minute mark 8, stating that Margaret Mead believed that an important reason that Samoan youth were happier than American/European youth was the “general acceptance of sexual relations between adolescents. Sex was seen as something to be enjoyed in quantity and quality before you chose a partner for life.”

Adolescent sex

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 30 GSUSA says “Still not exactly sure what an advocate is? Check out these websites:” one of the websites listed is Idealist.org.  On this Girl Scouts recommended resource, girls will find jobs in advocacy, over 100 listings for jobs at Planned Parenthood. Girls can even find job positing for jobs at groups that advocate for sex worker (prostitute) rights, like the Magazine "$pread", described on idealist.org as "a quarterly, glossy magazine by and for sex workers and those who support their rights. The magazine has a focus on personal experiences and political insights, and contains practical information like news, features, health columns, and resources related to the sex industry. $pread builds community in the sex trade by featuring the honest and diverse perspectives of those who know it best: the women and men who work within this sensationalized, highly stereotyped industry." Planned Parenthood,
Sex Worker Advocac
y

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 40

States that WAGGGS UN team at the United Nations in New York works closely with the Girl Scouts of the USA. --end quote-- 

What does WAGGGS do at the United Nations?

Contraception

Abortion

Comp Sex-ed

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 40

~Tells girls they are a part of WAGGGS  

~ Instructs girls to go to WAGGGS.org

WAGGGS.org includes the following:

Why is GSUSA promoting this when GSUSA states: The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control. We believe these matters are best decided by girls and their families.

Abortion

Contraception

Multiple Books (see Issues column) Multiple

Although GSUSA tries to distance themselves from WAGGGS' pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-comprehensive sex-ed policies by stating “GSUSA does not always take the same positions or endorse the same programs as WAGGGS,” GSUSA constantly promotes WAGGGS to their girl members in printed curricula and on the official GSUSA website. Consider the majority of the Journeys books promote WAGGGS, send the girls to the WAGGGS website which contains offensive content (see above), and/or promote World Thinking Day (WTD). On WTD, girls are asked to contribute to WAGGGS through the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. According to Girl Scouts: World Thinking Day Contributions, the voluntary gifts of girls and adults around the world, are one of WAGGGS' major sources of income. Girl Scouts in the USA contribute through the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.  (see page 23 of this document)  In addition, on WTD, girls celebrate that they are part of WAGGGS. (see pages 1 and 8 of this document) Does GSUSA warn/remind girls and families that when they donate to WTD, they are contributing to one of WAGGGS' "major sources of income"?

See all the ways that WAGGGS/World Thinking Day is promoted to girls in the GSUSA Journeys books:

Journeys for Kindergarten-1st grade girls

  • Three Cheers For Animals: promotes World Thinking Day
  • The Daisy Flower Garden: promotes World Thinking Day and Leader Guide (page 24) states that the WAGGGS pin symbolizes girls are "members of WAGGGS" page scan here

Journeys for 11-12th grade girls

  • Your Voice Your World: promotes WAGGGS and/or WAGGGS.org in girls' book on pages 8, 38, 40, 66

Journeys for 9-10th grade girls

Journeys for 6-8th grade girls

  • MEdia : promotes World Thinking Day
  • Amaze: promotes WAGGGS in girls' book on page 53 AND promotes World Thinking Day

Journeys for 4-5th grade girls

  • Agent of Change: promotes World Thinking Day
  • Amuse: promotes World Thinking Day

Journeys for 2nd-3rd  grade girls

  • Brownie Quest: promotes World Thinking Day
  • A World of Girls: promotes World Thinking Day
GSUSA promotion of WAGGGS

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

 

Page 41

Recommends girls go to the website: Amnesty International.  USCCB recognizes Amnesty International (AI) as erroneous in the group’s support of abortion.  AI also promotes Planned Parenthood and provides a live link to Planned Parenthood on the GSUSA approved website.  AI has also mocked and attacked the Catholic Church.

Abortion

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 41

Recommends girls go to the website:

Doctors Without Borders which promotes abortion and emergency contraception multiple times.

Abortion

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 41

Recommends girls go to the website:  Population Council (works to increase abortion access globally)


Abortion

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 41

Recommends girls go to the website: OxFam International. OxFam  promotes reproductive rights/contraception.

Contraception

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 42

Girl Scouts promotes Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and her organization, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as “voices for good.”  In 1961, Flynn became National Chairman of the Communist Party and later was arrested, charged, and convicted for conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.  Flynn’s organization, ACLU, supports the HHS mandate and abortion rights.

Communism

Abortion

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 65


Promotes pro-abortion Catholic and labor activist Delores Huerta. In 2007, Mrs. Huerta received Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger award and was honored by Call to Action, a pro-abortion Catholic dissident group, with their "Leadership Award". Mrs. Huerta also helped defeat California parental notification requirements for minors’ abortions. The Girl Scouts honored Mrs. Huerta by promoting the Delores Huerta patch and calling her a “voice for good” in the curriculum book for older girls (Your Voice Your World).

Abortion

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 68

GSUSA promotes abortion rights icons Betty Friedan and Pauli Murray as “voices for good” and promotes their pro-abortion foundation: National Organization For Women. (NOW).

Abortion

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 90

GSUSA promotes Catholic abortion rights supporter Geraldine Ferraro as a voice for good. Ferraro's CNN bio states that she served on the "Board of Advocates" for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Abortion rights icon

Your Voice Your World

Age: grades 11-12

Page 98

GSUSA encourages girls to checkout some of the careers you can have with advocacy as an element. GSUSA recommendations for advocacy careers include organizations such as ACLU/lawyer and Doctors without Borders. Click on the organization name to see that these groups are pro-abortion. No pro-life groups are recommended.

Abortion

Online:

Official Girl Scouts Blog

No age specified
March 2012 GSUSA Blog Feature  In March 2012, GSUSA blog provides girls a live link to Marie Claire Magazine and suggests that girls buy the March issue, which features the new Girl Scouts CEO, Anna Maria Chavez. From the link on the GSUSA blog, girls land on the Marie Claire homepage, which promotes Marie Claire’s graphic “Love and Sex” section, Sex Positions and Tips, and How to Have a Threesome Explicit sexual content

Online:

Official Girl Scouts Blog

No age specified
GSUSA Blog Features:
October 2011 
and January 2012
In October 2011 and January 2012, the GSUSA blog provided girls a live link to article about GSUSA on the website Jezebel.com. In January 2012, the Jezebel article GSUSA recommended to girls was entitled "OMFG There's a New Girl Scout Cookie". OMFG is an acronym that is typically used as a blasphemy against our Lord.  While on Jezebel.com girls will be exposed to vulgar languagepro-abortion content, and attacks on the pro-life movement, including "abortion madlibs". Abortion

Blasphemy

Inappropriate Language

Online:

Official Girl Scouts Blog

No age specified
May 2012 and March 2012 GSUSA Blog Feautre In March 2012 and May 2012, GSUSA blog provides girls a live link to Ivilliage.com. Ivillage's "Love and Sex" section contains graphic sexual content and is very inappropriate.
Explicit sexual content

Online:

Official Girl Scouts Blog

No age specified
March 2012 GSUSA Blog Feautre In  March 2012, GSUSA blog provides girls a live link to Alternet.org. Alternet's sex and relationships section promotes graphic sexual content. The site also promotes drug use and abortion rights. Abortion
Explicit sexual content
Drug use

Online:

Delores Huerta

Interest Patch

(grades Kindergarten through 12)

GSUSA Patch promotion


Requirements:

grades  K-5

grades 6-12

This interest patch is promoted and recommended by GSUSA. Interest Patch Requirements sends girls age Kindergarten to 12thgrade to www.doloreshuerta.org/, which promotes Planned Parenthood and links girls directly to the Planned Parenthood website as well as other pro-abortion resources. (Mrs. Huerta is also promoted by Girl Scouts in the book for younger girls called Agent of Change and through the official Girl Scouts’ Delores Huerta patch) pro-abortion Catholic and labor activist Delores Huerta. In 2007, Mrs. Huerta received Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger award and was honored by Call to Action, a pro-abortion Catholic dissident group, with their "Leadership Award". Mrs. Huerta also helped defeat California parental notification requirements for minors’ abortions. She is promoted by GSUSA in printed materials as well: Your Voice Your World (page 65) and Agent of Change (page 19)

Abortion

Online:

Delores Huerta

Interest Patch

(grades 6 and up)

GSUSA Patch promotion

Requirements:

grades 6-12

This interest patch is promoted and recommended by GSUSAInterest Patch Requirements sends girls to www.lwv.org which promotes abortion rights and supports HHS mandate.

Abortion

Online:

Delores Huerta

Interest Patch

(grades 6 and up)

GSUSA Patch promotion

Requirements:

grades 6-12

This interest patch is promoted and recommended by GSUSAInterest Patch Requirements sends girls to www.msmagazine.org which promotes abortion rights and promotes resources  for web visitors to thank HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the contraception mandate.

Abortion

Online:

Delores Huerta

Interest Patch

(grades 6 and up)

GSUSA Patch promotion

Requirements:

grades 6-12

This interest patch is promoted and recommended by GSUSAInterest Patch Requirements sends girls to www.now.org, an avid abortion rights advocacy group.

Abortion

NOTE: The section below references the GSUSA program called the Power of Girls. The mentions of the word “abortion” in the GSUSA-recommended reports include a discussion of forced abortion, sex-selective abortion, unsafe abortion and/or the promotion of abortion rights.  Our concern here is that abortion, reproductive rights (which according to Hillary Clinton, includes abortion), contraception, rape, etc. are sensitive issues that, at the very least, should require parental consent and notification for girls to be exposed to this. Yet GSUSA places this recommended reading list containing sensitive issues on their website for girls—no age recommendation is specified, no warning or parental notification is given. UPDATE: The information below was made available to girls for three years, from the Power of Girls program launch in 2009 up until we posted this information in March 2012. In March, GSUSA remove the problematic reading list and then in April 2012, GSUSA removed the entire Power of Girls program from their website.

Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda by Plan International.

Report contains many mentions of “sensitive issues”.

Reproductive health mentioned 26 times

Abortion mentioned 6 times

Sex work mentioned 2 times

Rape mentioned 26 times

Condom mentioned 12 times

Abstinence mentioned 2 times

(some examples below)

Page 24 states that girls ” should have access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health services and supports. Both formal and informal educational opportunities and health services should be accessible to all”

Page 54Despite the obstacles presented by political, parental, and fundamentalist concerns, a strong consensus has emerged that adolescents need to know about their sexual and reproductive health and rights and have the means to protect themselves.

Discusses sensitive issues with no warning or age requirement

(abortion,

contraception, prostitution, reproductive rights for youth, rape)


Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

Start with A Girl: A New Global Health Initiative by Mariam Temin and Ruth Levine

Report contains many mentions of “sensitive issues”.

Reproductive health mentioned 56 times

Abortion mentioned 22 times

Prostitution mentioned 4 times

Rape mentioned 7 times

Condom mentioned 21 times

Abstinence mentioned 1 time

(some examples below)

Page 23Some of those tools, like sexual and reproductive health counseling and services, fall within the traditional boundaries of the health sector as part of youth-friendly health services.”

Page 29 When girls overcome those barriers, nearly all contraceptive methods that are appropriate for older women are safe for them, except for contraceptive sterilization. Emergency contraception is registered and sold in most countries in the world, but DHS data show that knowledge and use remain extremely low in almost all developing countries; young women in particular do not have easy access to this important “second chance” method of contraception.

Discusses sensitive issues with no warning or age requirement

(abortion, contraception, prostitution, rape)

Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

Because I am Girl: State of The World’s Girls by Plan International

Report contains many mentions of “sensitive issues”.

Reproductive health mentioned 43 times

Abortion mentioned 7 times

Sex work mentioned 2 times

Rape mentioned 49 times

Condom mentioned 14 times

Abstinence mentioned 1 time

(some examples below)

Page 99 so good sex education is crucial. it needs to go beyond biological discussions of reproduction and contraception and address the real questions that young men and women need to have answered. “adolescent boys and young men frequently say they want to discuss masturbation, penis size, sexual relations and its various forms, sexual ‘performance’ and female sexuality.

Page 198 Ipas is an organisation focused on increasing women’s ability to assert their sexual and reproductive rights. it works in several areas, focusing on sexual violence and youth. it works in advocacy, research, training health workers in safe abortion technique, and technologies and advocacy.

Discusses sensitive issues with no warning or age requirement

(abortion, contraception, prostitution, rape)

Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Abortion mentioned 12 times

Rape mentioned 47 times

Condom mentioned 8 times

Sex work mentioned 18 times

Prostitution mentioned 34 times

Page 24 “Prostitution is inevitable” he chuckled. There has always been prostitution in every country. And what’s a young man going to do from the time he turns 18 until when he gets married at 30?”

Discusses sensitive issues with no warning or age requirement

(abortion, contraception, prostitution, rape)

Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Drug use:

Marijuana mentioned 12 times

Cocaine mentioned 6 times

Profanity, page 133 And who the [fu--] are you?

Profanity

Drug Use

Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

Sold (A story about a 13 year old sold into child prostitution.)

Quote: In between, men come./They crush my bones with their weight./They split me open./Then they disappear. I hurt./I am torn and bleeding where the men have been. 

Discusses sensitive issues with no warning or age requirement

(rape, prostitution)

Power Of Girls 

(Online program GSUSA created with affiliate CARE international)

No age specified

Link to reading list

As part of the Power of Girls program, as action item #10, GSUSA asks girls to read a book or report and gives the recommendation:

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time

Discusses the repeatedly the importance of “family planning” and access to contraception.

Contraception

As of February 28, 2012 GSUSA announced that the following content will be removed in future reprints. In the meantime, GSUSA has created stickers that the girls can put over the erroneous content. Some Girl Scout Councils have announced that the changes made are “optional”.  (Click here to see this announcement)  According to this statement, girls can either use the content as was originally written promoting these controversial resources, or they can use the edited “clean” version, it’s their choice.  If indeed GSUSA no longer endorses these problematic resources, no information is available as to how the girls who have already read the GSUSA endorsements of these problematic resources will be notified that GSUSA no longer advises girls to use these resources. Girl Scouts has been promoting the very offensive books Persepolis and Gate to Women’s Country to girls for several years.

GS Resource-

Recommended age

Page # (click to view page scan)

Issue/s

Category

Girltopia

Age: grades 9-10

Page 10

GSUSA promoted the Gate to Women’s Country, and author Sheri S. Tepper (former Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood Executive Director). Tepper's book is promoted as a feminine "utopia" to Girl Scouts USA. The Gate to Women's County includes prostitution, forced hysterectomies, castration, orgies, profanity (several instances of the f-word), and completely demeans the role of men in society.  See book excerpts here and page scan from the GSUSA handbook at this link.

Anti-purity

Prostitution and other multiple issues (see

column to the left)

Agent of Change

Age: grades 4-5

Page 27

GSUSA's Agent of Change promotes abortion rights activist, Marjane Satrapi along with her book and movie, Persepolis. This book/movie contains attempted suicide, drug use, profanity, sex with multiple partners, Marxism, and mocks God.  A copy of the page from the Agent of Change promoting Persepolis (first image in documentation) along with excerpts from Persepolis can be viewed at this link

Anti-purity

Profanity

Blasphemy

Drug Use 

aMUSE

Age: grades 4-5

Page 50 

GSUSA promotes the playwright Josefina Lopez and her play called Simply Maria. This play mocks motherhood, childbirth, purity, marriage the Catholic Church.  See play excerpts here.

Anti-purity

Anti-family

Anti-Catholic

MEdia

Age: grades 6-8

Page 71

GSUSA promotes the website www.WomensMediaCenter.com  which contains content promoting abortion rights in the WMC "reproductive rights" section.


Abortion

MEdia

Age: grades 6-8

Page 25

GSUSA recommended fact-checking resource, Media Matters for America (MMFA), states their purpose is to counter "Viewpoints [in the media] that tend to overly promote ... a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology." MMFA has a clear anti-conservative bias. See Speak Now:girl scouts editor discuss Girl Scouts and Media Matters in this Fox and Friends interview.

Polical bias

Anti-conservative

Girltopia

Age: grades 9-10

Page 78

Invites girls to “spark your thinking” on women’s roles by visiting the website: www.womankind.org.uk, which promotes reproductive rights, including safe abortion and sex work (prostitution). Womankind.org also refers web visitors to these “helpful links.” All are pro-abortion:

Abortion
Sex Work

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