Girls Scouts USA in Bed with Big Abortion

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*2019 UPDATE: See the latest pro-abortion actions from GSUSA from former Girl Scouts on

*2016 UPDATE: The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced it is severing ties with Girl Scouts USA because of its leftist positions and actions on contraception and abortion. Since we originally published this article, many of the source documents from GSUSA and its parent organization, WAGGGS, have been deleted. We’ve provided links via the internet archives where possible. Even removed all mentions of donations of GSUSA’s CEO Anna Maria Chávez. 


My sisters were girl scouts. And they loved it. I remember how they would come home singing songs I’ve never heard, breaking into harmony, and laughing about a jingle with billboards and flow-through tea bags. Do-Si-Dos (my personal favorite) and other sugary goodness were a reminder of how sweet it was that my sisters were involved in Girl Scouts.

They didn’t earn badges advocating for “reproductive rights” or bring home books celebrating pro-abortion activists like Gloria Steinem, Wendy Davis, or NARAL/NOW founder Betty Friedan (who also served as a GSUSA Board member).

GSA-license-feesBut time has a way of corrupting good and noble founding principles. The devolution of Girl Scouts USA, which heavily relies upon the massive $790 million it pulls in with its annual cookie sales, is glaringly evident for those who choose to look. And yes, while it’s true that most cookie sale dollars stay with their local council/troops, one third of all cookie sales are paid to the bakers for the production and shipping of the cookies. Then, Girl Scouts USA gets paid millions in license fees from those bakers depending on the total sum of individual councils’ cookie sales. The more cookies sold, the more money the national Girl Scouts organization makes.

The Radiance Foundation joins many other concerned organizations and parents, across the nation, in the to raise awareness of GSUSA’s radical pro-abortion and anti-family actions and policies.

(Please see these other great resources to help you better understand GSUSA’s undeniable ties to Big Abortion and the leftist agenda:"CookieCott" - The Radiance Foundation

Sure, sure, sure. GSUSA disingenuously states on their website that they don’t partner with Planned Parenthood. And we know that simply saying something is true, makes it true. It reminds me of another organization that claims it is neutral on the abortion issue–the NAACP–yet actively partners with Planned Parenthood—the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. But, they said they’re neutral on the issue, so it must be true. At The Radiance Foundation, we’re more concerned about what an organization does than what it claims to believe.

In response to the national CookieCott, Girl Scouts USA dishonestly posted on their website: “A fundamental piece you should know is that Girl Scouts does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families. Personal matters are just that—personal and private—and should be addressed accordingly. We ask that adults keep adult conversations to themselves. Approaching girls with salacious materials at a cookie sale is not acceptable.”

Telling the truth about abortion isn’t “salacious”. But infusing sexually explicit materials into Girl Scouts events, and promoting abortion issues and activists via social media and “Journeys” booklets is perfectly ok. By the way, no one is advocating lecturing a Girl Scout at the cookie stand. It’s about educating adults, in the proper forum, about what GSUSA represents. These hard-working scouts are precious and their parents deserve much more transparency and less abortion ideology from the national organization. (Concerned parents have the option of alternatives like American Heritage Girls or Frontier Girls.)

"COOKIECOTT" - The Radiance FoundationThe former GSUSA CEO (2011-2016), Anna Maria Chávez, has a long list of pro-abortion advocacy and supporting 100% NARAL-approved politicians. In fact, Chávez lists Janet Napolitano as her mentor in her bio, ironically praising the radically pro-abortion governor’s efforts to “fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.” Napolitano vetoed the partial birth abortion ban while governor of Arizona.

There’s no question where GSUSA’s CEO’s ideology lies. During Chávez’ time as President of Girl Scout Council of Southwest Texas, she was the keynote speaker in an event where her council partnered with numerous abortion groups including Planned Parenthood. But Girl Scouts doesn’t “partner” with Planned Parenthood.

She is merely one of many in GSUSA leadership (h/t who espouse a pro-abortion, anti-family worldview. Can anyone name a single conservative, pro-life, individual that GSUSA has ever offered as a role model (other than Mother Teresa or Susan B. Anthony whose prolife worldview the organization doesn’t even mention)? How about Star Parker, Jeannie Mancini, Michelle Malkin, Dr. Alveda King, Laura Ingraham, Lila Rose, Justice Janice Rogers Brown, or the congresswoman who provided the response to the President’s State of the Union, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers? These are all incredibly accomplished women (most are mothers) who have made the world a better place.

It’s black history month. How about Dr. Mildred Jefferson? She rose above the racism and elitism of eugenics as well as gender discrimination to became the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jefferson was awarded 28 honorary degrees from prestigious institutions. Oh, but wait, she was also the co-founder of the National Right to Life Committee. That’s doesn’t fit with the GSUSA’s “progressive” worldview.

But Wendy Davis, who was never on the Girl Scouts’ radar until she stood in pink sneakers and demanded that babies be aborted after 5 months development, jumps to the top of the list for little girls to emulate.

Of course, GSUSA’s actions go beyond association. Normally, people and organizations are “guilty by association”, yet liberals rely upon people being oblivious to these associations. Little known is GSUSA’s membership in The National Council For Research on Women (NCRW), a policy and research group that adamantly promotes abortion, homosexuality and transexuality. On its website, it promotes other radical pro-abortion groups in its blogroll such as Feministing, Girl With A Pen, Ms. Blog, Our Bodies Our Blog, Racialicious, RH Reality Check, Third Wave Foundation, and Women’s Media Center (which GSUSA claims they’ve now removed references from in future publications of their “Journeys” booklets).  NCRW considers Wendy Davis a “Over-Night Liberal and Feminist Superstar” for “single-handedly defeating the strictest abortion bill in the country”.

GSUSA also makes up about one third of the membership of the Worldwide Association of Girl Guides and Girl ScoutsWAGGS-SUPPORTING-DECRIMINALIZING-PROSTITUTION-in-BALI-declaration and provides huge amounts of funding for the organization, which is unapologetically pro-abortion. WAGGGS openly partners with the International Planned Parenthood Federation. (You know, the same organization that includes the China Family Planning Association, which is responsible for carrying out millions of forced abortions through its barbaric One Child policy.) WAGGGS promotes the incredibly disturbing, pro-abortion and anti-family Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration and boasts of its members’ involvement in helping to write it. This outrageous document demands (among many egregious things) that: “Government should…decriminalize sex work”. Why on earth are the Girl Scouts part of an organization that wants to legalize prostitution? Why are little girls automatically made members of this rabidly pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-anything-goes-sexually organization when they become Girl Scouts?

“Cultural and religious barriers such as parental and spousal consent, and early and forced marriages, should never prevent access to family planning, safe and legal abortion, and other reproductive health services—recognizing that young people have autonomy over their own bodies, pleasures and desires.” –Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration, pg 10.

We, as parents, apparently are the obstacles to the utopian world envisioned by girl scouts, via GSUSA and WAGGGS, around the world. All the while, GSUSA defends its membership in these organizations claiming it may not agree with every position they take. Well, if these organizations partnered with an Aryan nation or KKK chapter, there would be swift repudiation and massive PR distancing. But it’s Big Abortion and Planned Parenthood, so it’s family.

Give us your daughters, we’ll give you indoctrinated activists.

This is why cookies matter. We need to get over the sugary sweet addiction we have to an organization that serves up trefoils and thin mints as an opiate, hoping we won’t bother to look into the true ingredients of the national Girl Scout organization. Though individual troops and councils may argue they don’t partner with Big Abortion, each one of them is part of GSUSA’s radical, leftist DNA which aggressively promotes an ideology that’s not so sweet.



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  • Candy Kriegel

    Many people still aren’t aware that Nice! brand, which is a brand exclusive to Walgreens, has a couple different packaged cookies which are manufactured in the exact same bakeries as Girl Scout Cookies, and they’re significantly cheaper! Thus far, I have only tried Nice! samoas and thin mints (they’re listed with different names due to trademarks), but they taste every bit as delicious and if you actually compare where the cookies are baked, they are indeed from the same factories.
    It’s an all around win to buy Nice! Brand cookies because the bakers get more money, you pay less money, and Planned Parenthood isn’t getting a dime!

  • A PROUD Long time member of Girl Scouting

    YOU need to get your facts straight!!!!!!!!!!!! GSUSA has never been EVER invloved with planned parenthood!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am REALLY Sick of seeing issues with Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood, abortion, ect. PLEASE take a moment and read before you PREACH!!!I know that we all have our own opinions, so don\\’t stomp on the GIRL SCOUTS and BUY a box of cookies to support your local scout troop so that MANY of these girls can do things they could only dream of doing without your support such as camping, seeing the ocean, horse back riding, going to an amusement park and MUCH MUCH MORE!

    Q: What is GSUSA\\’s position regarding human sexuality, birth control, abortion?

    A: Girl Scouts of the USA does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.

    Q: Does GSUSA have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?

    A: No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.

    Q: Did GSUSA distribute a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event?

    A: No, we did not. In 2010, GSUSA took part in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Our participation in that conference was the subject of numerous internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling. Girl Scouts had no knowledge of the brochure in question and played no role in distributing it.

    • The Radiance Foundation

      PROUD and unwilling to read, apparently. We already covered the fact that just because an organization states something in their FAQs doesn’t make it true. Never mind the former CEO of GSUSA admitted on the Today show that her organization, verbatim “partners with Planned Parenthood” ( and the current CEO has directly partnered with the abortion chain when she was the CEO of GS of SW Texas ( But this article isn’t about direct partnership with Planned Parenthood. You’d know that if you read it. It’s about the extremely disturbing fact that GSUSA partners with numerous radical pro-abortion groups, most notably WAGGGS. They are both the major funder and member of the anti-family pro-abortion group. And GSUSA HAS infused a pro-abortion ideology in their Journeys booklets. One of the FAQs you neglected to copy and paste is this one:
      Girl Scouts constantly reviews our materials based on feedback and suggestions we receive from our members, and we update our materials on a regular basis. As a result of this process, upcoming reprints of Journeys materials will not include playwright Josefina Lopez or links to the Women’s Media Center or Media Matters. Councils will be notified of changes that are made in the future, and information on changes will be posted on our corporate website. We also are making changes on our corporate website to ensure appropriateness of content.

      A: Girl Scouts constantly reviews our materials based on feedback and suggestions we receive from our members, and we update our materials on a regular basis. As a result of this process, upcoming reprints of Journeys materials will not include playwright Josefina Lopez or links to the Women’s Media Center or Media Matters. Councils will be notified of changes that are made in the future, and information on changes will be posted on our corporate website. We also are making changes on our corporate website to ensure appropriateness of content. It is important to note that our materials feature more than 200 women and girls from many walks of life who have worked to make a difference in the world, and while we may not agree with the opinion of everyone featured, we believe they embody the commitment to leadership that we strive to teach our girls.

      It is important to note the plethora of pro-abortion and LGBT women featured. NO modern-day conservative pro-life individual is highlighted in these materials (although Mother Teresa and Susan B. Anthony are mentioned without any indication that they were prolife).

      So, please get YOUR facts (not to be confused with FAQs) straight.

    • IrishEddieOHara

      Always remember one fact about Liberals, straight from the Karl Marx handbook:


      In Communism, lying is justified when it serves the Party purposes.

      Never forget that.

  • Carly

    You say, “By the way, no one is advocating lecturing a Girl Scout at the cookie stand. It’s about educating adults, in the proper forum, about what GSUSA represents.” However, it happens to too many girls who are confronted by angry (and scary) adults and accused of supporting abortion to their faces. I appreciate that you want GS to be more accountable and I do too (as mom to Girl Scouts) but all this does is create hatred toward the girls. This issue has to be addressed with more than a “by the way.”

    • thinkingabovemypaygrade

      Agreeing that adults should save detailed protests for the leaders.and keep ones refusal SHORT and child friendly

    • IrishEddieOHara

      Unfortunately, you are right. I don’t understand what kind of knucklehead gets in a little girl’s face and reams her out for “Supporting abortion with your cookies.” We have so many brain-dead adults in this country that it is pathetic. If you want to make your stand, you POLITELY say “No, thank you” to the girls and then take the troop leaders aside and tell them (POLITELY AGAIN!!) why you are not buying cookies.

  • The Radiance Foundation

    @Carly…The “by the way” was in response to the Girl Scouts false allegations. Considering that the majority of the FAQs statements by the GSUSA are false, I don’t accept this accusation (of girl scouts being approached and harassed) as valid, either. We exist to educate people about a myriad of social issues. We always advocate peaceful and positive action. Other than clearly laying out what people SHOULD NOT do, what else can we do?

    And please don’t use the ever-tired meaningless charge of “hate”. It’s become laughable to use it these days, because it means nothing. It’s just a way to try to silence legitimate and well-researched debate. No one is expressing any hatred toward any scout. That’s a complete canard. Are we expressing concern about a multi-million dollar organization trying to (in most cases) clandestinely indoctrinate young girls. Yes. And we’ll continue to expose this as long as GSUSA continues to deny the irrefutable evidence they choose to pretend doesn’t exist.

    • Carly

      I’m sorry, but as a leader present at booths, people do come up to my girls with fingers pointing at girls. I’m sad to hear that you think that’s “laughable.” You should see the look on their faces. And as a parent, it makes my blood boil.

      • HonestGirlScout

        As a former leader of 8 years, I feel compelled to comment to Carly. If you read this article, you have no excuse for turning a blind eye any longer to the facts. If you think selling Girl Scout cookies is a righteous act, then no amount of fingerpointing should effect you. But if you know in your heart that the money you are earning is mostly benefitting an organization that continually lies to your face that it is “neutral” on sexuality (when it prefers serving transgenders over protecting your girls), “neutral” on abortion (when your membership and World Thinking Day donations go to one of the largest abortion-activism lobby groups in the world, WAGGGS — WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD) and “neutral” on politics (when it constantly rubs elbows with and writes legislation with Progressive Democrats: Healthy Media Act with lesbian-activist-Dem Tammy Baldwin and pro-abortion-Emily’s-List-darling Dem Senator Kay Hagan), then it is no wonder your blood is boiling. As a leader, you have the ability to earn money for your troop without selling cookies. That is a fact. If your girls earn 45- to 75-cents per box, like mine did, you are basically an low-wage child labor force for GSUSA’s $790-million-per-year cookie empire. GSUSA will tell you anything that will make you doubt Truth as long as you keep selling, selling, selling. Consider yourself used. Now, Discover-Connect-Take Action and take a stand. At least you can now do so with your eyes open.

      • thinkingabovemypaygrade

        Adults should keep refusals short and child friendly. Lamenting the fun and totally girl friendly Girl Scouts of my youth

        • diamondinruff

          yes, friendly but also let them know the reason is not that you don’t support scouting per se but the support of abortion providers like Planned Parenthood that The Girl Scouts Organization supports.

  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    In recent years…I have checked links which verified most of the claims above.

    Nonetheless…people should politely and carefully refuse to buy cookies from the girl scout. Perhaps suggest their troop leader could call you if you are known to them. Perhaps another response might be…that their local org is nice but that $!$ goes to the national leaders who you have a problem with.

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