In recent weeks, as cookie season has reached its annual pitch, anti choice groups have been busy calling the GUSA affiliated with “a distinctly un-holy vision of sexual empowerment secured by contraception and abortion,” and calling for boycotts. The Catholic News Agency this month declared Girl Scouts’ relationship with WAGGGS, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, “troubling,” depicting WAGGGS as “an international agitator for abortion, contraceptives, sexual diversity and ‘comprehensive’ sexuality education.” Why? Because representatives from WAGGGs were part of a 2010 World Youth Conference that wrote a statement asking for global cooperation on ending poverty, guaranteeing the right to education and “reproductive health services… including access to a full range of contraceptives and safe abortion.” It also supported gender equality, including recognition for LGBT individuals “as part of the spectrum of gender and sexual identities.” So a group the Scouts is affiliated with is affiliated with a larger group that made a statement about maternal health and gender equality. Yup, this totally means your daughters will be getting Try It badges in abortion.
First, the frothing conservatives declared war on Halloween. Then, they declared war on the imagined war on Christmas. Now, in what is rapidly becoming a new seasonal tradition, the right is going after those cookie brandishing kids in green. It’s time again for the war on Girl Scouts.