Planned Parenthood/Girl Scouts Alliance Assailed By Pro-Family Group

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:21pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is concerned about an alliance between the nation's largest provider of abortions and the Girl Scouts.

The controversy surrounds the Waco, Texas Girl Scouts organization, which has given its approval to a sex education pamphlet distributed by Planned Parenthood to children as young as 10 years old.

"Parents have every right to be troubled by an alliance of the Girl Scouts and an organization like Planned Parenthood," said Family Research Council Vice President for Communications Genevieve Wood.

"They may see themselves as a 'health organization,' but parents know exactly what Planned Parenthood is, and no amount of spin will change that," Wood added.

The literature includes information on masturbation as well as diagrams of adults having sex and a boy putting on a condom.

The story became national last week when Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger appeared on NBC's "Today" show, saying, "We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCA's, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls."

All but two girls have been pulled from the Girl Scouts program in Waco, and a Brownie troop has been completely dismantled.

"Planned Parenthood is not only the nation's most prolific provider of abortions, they are inundating young children with graphic information about sex that has no place in the hands of a 10-year-old. Fifth-grade girls do not need Planned Parenthood telling them about sex, condoms and diseases," said Wood.

"If the Girls Scouts in conservative Waco, Texas are teaming up with Planned Parenthood, parents across the nation should look into whether their local organization is doing the same," she added.

The FRC is urging its supporters to contact the Girl Scouts organization and demand it end its alliance with Planned Parenthood.

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