After doing a “small amount of web-based research” an Indiana Republican has decided he cannot support a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts because it is a “radicalized organization” that supports abortion and promotes homosexuality.
Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) said his Internet research revealed the Girl Scouts to be a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood and encourages sex. “After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing” Morris wrote. The full text of his letter can be found here. In it he attacks their case-by-case acceptance of transgender youth as evidence the group promotes “homosexual lifestyles.”
A statement on the Girl Scout’s website says it leaves sex and reproduction questions to parents. Local chapters have come under fire for allowing trans-gender youth to join.
Morris is the only House member to refuse to sign the resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts approved last week and the first to take the Republican anti-Planned Parenthood hysteria to this low.
But is it surprising? The Girl Scouts provide an avenue for young girls to develop independence and confidence–two skills those most threatened by female sexual autonomy hate the most. By coming out against the Girl Scouts Morris proved what reproductive rights advocates have been saying all along: it’s not about the abortions, it’s about women having sex.
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