Girl Scouts threaten LifeNews which reported connection to Planned Parenthood

On the face of it, being threatened by Girl Scouts does sound like much.  But, think it through: they can be mean!

This makes you want to toss your cookies, from LifeNews:

Girl Scouts USA Threatens LifeNews After Reporting Its Link to Planned Parenthood

During the last two weeks, LifeNews has brought international attention to the link between the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the national boycott of Girl Scouts cookies sponsored by pro-life groups.

The pro-life movement has been concerned for a number of years about the ties between the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Although the Girl Scout organization maintains that it takes “no position” on the issue of abortion, parents, churches, and pro-life activists have long complained of the pro-abortion slant of the Girl Scouts’ resources, role models, and affiliations.

After a series of articles on the boycott and the Girl Scouts-Planned Parenthood link, that featured the Girl Scouts logo to identify the organization, Brian Crawford, an executive with Girl Scouts USA, wrote LifeNews a scathing letter attempting to intimidate us into stopping our reporting on their link and to no longer use their logo or image to identify them as we bring attention to their support for the nation’s biggest abortion business.

In his letter Crawford again denied any connection to Planned Parenthood and he complained about LifeNews.com “articles that outline alleged ties to Planned Parenthood,” saying “GSUSA has an obligation to protect the Girl Scout name.”

“Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a partnership or any relationship with Planned Parenthood and does not plan to initiate one,” he claimed.

The letter “demands” that LifeNews no longer identify the Girl Scouts as we report on its link to the abortion company that does approximately one-third of the abortions in the United States. The GSUSA letter lists a date by which LifeNews must guarantee the Girl Scouts it “will comply with our demand.”

However, the links between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood are longstanding, with a Girl Scouts CEO and individual troops admitting as much.

Fresh on the heels of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) sharing a recommendation for pro-abortion Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as a 2013 Woman of the Year via their official Twitter account, the organization suggested pro-abortion HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a woman “with courage, confidence, and character.”

Meanwhile, the new national spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts, Kelly Parisi, is the former spokeswoman for a pro-abortion organization — one founded by Gloria Steinem.

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4 Responses to Girl Scouts threaten LifeNews which reported connection to Planned Parenthood

  1. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    Are these not rather simple issues?: either what LSN said is accurate, or it’s not: if it’s not accurate (and only if it is not), then it either harmed GS/PP or it did not; if it did (and only if it did) does LSN have a duty to retract. no?

  2. Bea says:

    Girl Scouts have lost their cookies in more ways than one.

  3. StJude says:

    I feel bad when some sweet little girl asks me to buy cookies and I tell them no but, I wont willingly give a dime to the slaughter of innocent babies.

  4. The Cobbler says:

    I’d add to what Dr. Peters said: In the latter case, it’s also usually a cause for legal recourse — you know, slander and libel. The saying, “So sue me,” comes to mind — it isn’t usually used in the sense of, “Put up or shut up,” but in this case…