Texas Girl Scout group breaks relationship with Planned Parenthood after cookie boycott
Who says prolife boycotts (or, to coin a word, a girlscott) don't work? This week, in response to a Girl Scout Cookie boycott organized by Pro-Life Waco, the Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts withdrew its cosponsorship of sex education programs with Planned Parenthood.
Council executive director Beth Vivio said the relationship was severed because it was perceived as an endorsement of abortion.
"Our policies basically state that we do not take a position on issues like abortion," she told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "We feel these are private matters that need to be discussed or determined by each family."
John Pisciotta, director of Pro-Life Waco and an associate professor of economics at Baylor University, is pleased, but is concerned with other areas of partnership between the council and Planned Parenthood.
Pisciotta is no wild-eyed fanatic, and, fortunately, the media hasn't been able to portray him as such. The Ft. Worth Star.-Telegram quoted him saying, "I don't take pleasure in upsetting families and upsetting little girls. That is a downside of this. But it did get the conversation going."
Even more interesting a quote in an earlier Tribune-Herald story.
"I'm hearing that Girl Scout cookie sales may hit an all-time high," he said before the council made its decision to withdraw its sponsorship. "I'm happy about that. I hope they double it from last year. … In our boycott, the financial impact is nil. Our whole goal is education. We want everyone to know about this multifaceted entanglement between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Many people are mad about this."
And now Planned Parenthood is mad. "I'm sick to think that an organization ...