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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2012
Girl Scouts of the USA
New York, N.Y. — Today Girl Scouts of the USA issues a statement regarding a series broadcast on the EWTN network entitled Women of Grace to correct several inaccuracies.
FACT: The Girl Scouts of the USA DOES NOT have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood and does not plan to create one.
FACT: Girl Scouts of the USA DID NOT participate in the development or distribution of a Planned Parenthood brochure mysteriously found at a 2010 United Nations event.
FACT: Parents and volunteer troop leaders in Catholic churches HAVE TOTAL CONTROL of the Girl Scout programming their girls receive.
FACT: Girl Scout of the USA has made a number of changes to its materials, including removing both the media website reference and the playwright reference cited on air. This decision was based on member feedback and was made long before the program taped.
FACT: On October 3, 2011, Girl Scouts of the USA introduced new badges and awards including a "My Promise, My Faith" pin which helps a girl celebrate what her faith and the Girl Scout Law have in common.
FACT: The Girl Scout Law explicitly requires that every one of our 3.2 million girl and adult members respect authority.
Girl Scouts spokesperson Michelle Tompkins released the following statement regarding the program. At no time did a representative from this program contact Girl Scouts of the USA regarding the misleading allegations made on air. Even program guests repeatedly stated that their individual experiences in Girl Scouts did not match the image they are currently trying to portray. As we have stated many times, Girl Scouts is a grassroots volunteer organization that is run mostly by parents in each community. While it is true as the program alleges that Girl Scouting encourages girls to think on their own, the guests chose to ignore the fact that Girl Scouts learn to think on their own under the close guidance of the parents who are our trusted volunteers.
About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U (212-852-8000) or visit www.girlscouts.org.