26 Mar

Say No To Girl Scout Cookies Because of Their Ties to Planned Parenthood

via LifeNews.com March 22, 2018 at 04:11PM

Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) has become a politically divisive, pro-abortion organization that has abandoned its mission years ago. GSUSA is the largest member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which aggressively promotes abortion and promiscuous sex on behalf of its 10 million members. WAGGGS states that “anyone who is a Girl Guide or Girl Scout is automatically a member.” GSUSA pays about 1.5 million dollars annually to WAGGGS.

The WAGGGS delegation for the Commission on the Status of Women advocates the following for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world: “We demand access to comprehensive sexuality information, services and supplies for all young people. We need it today – and today needed to be yesterday.” WAGGGS participated in the 2016 Women Deliver Conference, which focused on “health — in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights.” Content for the conference included “Safe Abortion as a Human Right,” “Safe Abortion Saves Women’s Lives,” with keynote speakers Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards and Catholics for Choice founder Frances Kissling.

GSUSA also maintains memberships in other pro-abortion organizations such as the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and works alongside International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, and numerous organizations that push for unrestricted abortion rights. In fact, all Girl Scout councils and individual troops are encouraged to partner with their local Planned Parenthood. The former GSUSA CEO Kathy Cloninger said, “We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”

In addition, all Girl Scout councils sell GSUSA’s official curriculum series for girl members, which promotes prominent pro-abortion women and organizations, including Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Population Council and many  others. A list of speeches by “Eloquent Women“ is provided to assist the girls with their public speaking badge. Recommendations include Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s speech advocating for a women’s right to birth control, Lady Gaga and Sally Field both advocating for same-sex “marriage.”

GSUSA encouraged and celebrated girls participation in the Women’s March, a vulgar and profanity-laden event that clearly stated “safe, legal, and affordable abortion and birth control for all people” among its core principles. Across the country, local councils involved the Girl Scout brand and the members in partisan and political advocacy. A 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign ad featuring Clinton and uniformed Girl Scouts, filmed at a Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road council shop, was widely shared on her media accounts. Immediately following the presidential election, Girl Scouts of Greater New York partnered in protesting President-elect Donald Trump.

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Girl Scout cookie sales fund troops, local councils and GSUSA. A Girl Scout troop keeps an average of just 10 to 20 percent of the money collected from selling cookies. The local council receives an average of 65 to 75 percent of the money collected by all local troops. GSUSA collects a royalty payment based upon its licensed trademark on every box of cookies produced. With approximately 200 million boxes of cookies sold annually, this amounts to millions of dollars of funding for GSUSA every year, much of which goes toward aggressively promoting youth reproductive/abortion and sexual rights to innocent girls.

How does all this fit into the GSUSA mission statement when part of the Girl Scout law is to encourage girls to “make the world a better place?” Ironically, since 1912, millions of young girls in America have taken an oath that states simply:

“On my honor, I will try:

To serve God and my country,

To help people at all times,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

“The once great Girl Scouts USA took a tragic fall when it became a political advocacy group that promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity to innocent girls,” said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “It’s important that people understand that the profits from cookie sales go toward harming young girls rather that helping them. I encourage people to say, ‘no, thank you’ to Girls Scouts and support alternatives that encourage Christian values such as  American Heritage Girls. This organization has partnered with Trail Life USA, a rapidly expanding alternative to the Boy Scouts,” said Staver.

09 Mar

South Carolina Abortions Drop 8 Percent as More Babies Saved From Abortion

via LifeNews.com March 7, 2018 at 03:56PM

South Carolina’s annual abortion report for 2016 shows that abortion in the state is falling. Published online in November 2017 by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the abortion report takes up four pages of the state’s vital statistics report. Additional information is published in an online database.

Changes in South Carolina Abortions, 2015-2016:

*Information on South Carolina’s chemical abortion totals and Planned Parenthood’s South Carolina market share is not publicly available.

Abortion Totals and Trends

In 2016, there were 10,716 abortions performed on South Carolina residents (Figure 1). South Carolina reports only resident abortions and does not include abortions performed on non-resident women. According to South Carolina’s vital statistics database, abortion data reflect abortions performed on South Carolina residents in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Abortions performed on South Carolina residents have fallen by eight percent since 2015 and by 29 percent since 1990, the first year with abortion data available. South Carolina does not report chemical abortion data. The state abortion rate in 2016 was 11.2 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 (Figure 2). South Carolina’s abortion reports reveal an apparent jump in abortion during 2015; however, two of the state’s three abortion clinics were cited for 21 total violations in 2015, including neglecting to report abortions to South Carolina’s vital statistics department. It is possible that the apparent sudden rise in abortion may have been caused by required improved reporting following the violations.

State Report Summary

Sixty percent of the abortions performed on South Carolina residents in 2016 were to young women in their twenties. Nine percent of women were 19 or younger, while 30 percent were 30 or older. Forty-two percent were white. Slightly more than half of resident women had more than a high school education. An additional 37 percent reported high school as their highest level of education, while nine percent had not completed high school. Eighty-six percent were unmarried.

Teen Abortions

South Carolina’s vital statistics report reveals racial disparities in the number of teen pregnancies ending in abortion. The state’s overall teen abortion rate in 2016 was 3.1 abortions per 1,000 young women ages 10 to 19. However, while the abortion rate for white teens was 2.2 abortions per 1,000 girls ages 10 to 19, the rate for teens who were black or of a different race was 4.6 abortions per 1,000 girls ages 10 to 19, more than double. In 2016, some 16 percent of the reported pregnancies of white girls ages 10 to 19 ended in abortion. By contrast, 24 percent of the reported pregnancies of teen girls who were black or a different race ended in abortion.

Overall, there were 4,733 reported pregnancies experienced by South Carolina residents ages 10-19 in 2016. Seventy-nine percent ended in live birth, 20 percent ended in abortion, and less than one percent ended in a fetal death.

State Ranking

A study on state abortion reporting by the Charlotte Lozier Institute ranked South Carolina at 28th place out of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. The state collects, but does not publicly report, information on the state of residence of each woman undergoing abortion, any previous pregnancies, the type of procedure used, and the gestational age at which the abortion was performed. The state also collects information on the informed consent processes. South Carolina could strengthen its reporting by including summaries of the data it already collects. In addition, the state could track any complications caused by abortion and add this information to its reports. By reporting more of the data it collects, South Carolina could provide a more detailed picture of abortion in the state.

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LifeNews Note: Tessa Longbons writes for the Charlotte Lozier Institute.