DENVER -- An Indiana lawmaker is making headlines for accusing the Girl Scouts organization of promoting homosexuality and abortion among their troops.
Indiana State Representative Bob Morris believes the group has a pro-homosexuality and pro-abortion agenda, and operates as an arm of Planned Parenthood.
“That's the research I found online. The Girl Scouts of America don't stand for anything. They let those girls do what they want for their troop meetings,” Morris says.
Representative Morris sent this letter to fellow lawmakers voicing his concerns:
"Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles. Abundant evidence proves the agenda of Planned Parenthood includes sexualizing young girls through the Girl Scouts, which is quickly becoming a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood."
A representative of Girl Scouts of Colorado says Morris' claims are unfounded.
“It`s just factually not true and has never been true. Girls Scouts does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood,” says Rachelle Trujillo of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “There are a lot of people who are out to promote a personal agenda and gain attention for their causes, and latching on to an icon like the Girl Scouts as a way they think they can do that."
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts and the Colorado chapter doesn’t want Representative Morris’ comments to take away from their milestone.
“We are not going to get dragged down by that. We are focusing on the leadership experience that we provide Girl Scouts,” she says.
Ironically, Girls Scouts of Colorado is hosting an event about the negative effects media have on women and self esteem. See below for more information.
Miss Representation Film Screening
Join us for a screening of the film Miss Representation and an exploration of how media images misrepresent women and girls and inhibit leadership aspirations.
Click here for more information.
- When: February 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Where: Aurora Community College
- Tickets are $7.