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The far right is once again boycotting Girl Scout cookies because of the Girl Scouts' alleged support for abortion. As we've seen time and time again, the far right with its knickers in a twist over abortion means some pretty special stuff, like eight-year-old Girl Scouts interrogated about abortion as they try to sell cookies to their neighbors. But where are these claims of a great Girl Scout abortion conspiracy coming from? Robin Marty details just how much of a stretch the supposed connections are. Most recently:
The Girl Scouts’ Twitter account tweeted a link to a Huffington Post Live segment discussing potential candidates for woman of the year for 2013. Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was mentioned as a contender, as were singer Beyonce, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and even “the brave women on social media.”

Just one link to one three-minute video with a 30 second mention of Davis was enough to constitute an “endorsement,” according to abortion opponents, and justification enough to start the ball rolling for the boycott—or at least for this newest boycott.

That's about par for the course on this issue, with "cookiecotts" surfacing repeatedly in recent years:
The documentation is extensively listed in sites like Cookie-Cott, MyGirlScoutCouncil and LifeNews, and ranges from allegations of allowing pro-choice politicians who were former girl scouts to come back and speak at key events to troops partnering with the Susan G. Komen foundation to raise breast cancer awareness to even encouraging girls to represent the group at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, which MyGirlScoutCouncil calls an “event with a history of exposing girls to concerning activities and information.”
So, basically, the Girl Scouts encourages girls to be involved in public life, which occasionally brings them within two or three degrees of separation from pro-choice views, which means they should be boycotted, and proper Christian families should send their daughters to groups like the American Heritage Girls, which encourages its members to visit the Creation Museum to earn a "history" badge. Because of course it does.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:17 AM PDT.

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