Day Gardner, who leads the National Black Pro-Life Union, has called for a boycott of a national staple: Girl Scout cookies. Every year, Girl Scouts and Brownies don their respective green and brown uniforms and sashes to offer delicious cookies for sale in support of their activities.
She recalled that as a child she had looked forward to becoming a Girl Scout and join her friends Lorie, Rita and Joann, all of whom were white. Gardner's mother took her one evening a Girl Scout meeting with the intention of joining. Gardner wrote, "I remember walking in with excitement, all smiles. The leader saw us come in but refused to speak to us or acknowledge us in any way. Even the girls and the few mothers that were there averted their eyes to avoid looking at us. We sat through the meeting and when it ended my mother went with me in tow to talk to the leader, but the woman actually turned her back to us as we approached. We stood there...waiting."
Gardner's mother, following the affront, grabbed her hand and left, telling her "Don't look back!" Gardner said in a release, "She held her head high as we got into our car and drove away. In school, the next day, my friends acted as if nothing had happened--as if everything was the same. It was never the same for me. That was the first time I experienced great disappointment with the Girl Scouts organization."
Gardner expressed similar disappoint with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) for its continued support of Planned Parenthood and other organizations that advocate abortion. Even so, said Gardner, GSUSA has denied the connection. GSUSA CEO Kathy Cloninger stated in 2004 on national television that her organization is partnered with Planned Parenthood throughout the U.S. "to bring information-based sex education programs to girls." As a matter of fact, every Girl Scout council is allowed to work with Planned Parenthood. For example, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Girl Scouts Gateway Council and Girl Scouts of Western New York maintain close relations with Planned Parenthood in coalitions or serve on committees which advocate abortion. Girl Scouts of Western New York works with Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups in programs aimed at early teen-aged girls, while Girl Scouts of Northern California refers "at risk" girls to Planned Parenthood for help with contraception.
Said Gardner, "The almost hilarious thing here--is that Planned Parenthood doesn't "plan" parenthood. They are in the baby killing business, and killing the baby totally destroys all thoughts of parenting and demolishes hope for a family. Planned Parenthood is being sued in Chicago for allowing 24 year old Tonya Reeves to bleed to death in 2012 after a botched abortion when a hospital was less than 2 miles away." Gardner said that GSUSA leadership is advocating an ideology that encourages promiscuity and abortion. It is therefore that Gardner said "No more Girl Scout cookies."
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