Girl Scout Cookies, Wendy Davis, and Abortions – The Newest Conservative Nontroversy

girlscoutcookiesSo if you haven’t heard yet, there is another one of those conservative outrage “nontroversies” blowing up. This time it’s about Girl Scouts. You heard that right, Girl Scouts; the organization that since 1912 has dedicated itself to empowering girls, and helping them to become confident and courageous women. So, what do Girl Scout cookies have to do with abortions? Two words, Wendy Davis (and also money – what else is new?). Full disclosure: I was a Girl Scout for almost 10 years, so this personally offends me on some level.

This all started back in December of 2013, when the Girl Scouts tweeted a link to a Huffington Post article titled “Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013.” The list included Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai, and Wendy Davis. Queue conservative outrage. But it didn’t come. At least not right away, anyway. Then all of a sudden on Wednesday, the conservative news site (can you even call it that?) Breitbart published an article alerting readers that John Pisciotta, a conservative who runs a pro-life organization in Waco, Texas, and other national pro-life organizations would be announcing a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, because according to Pisciotta, “A part of every Thin Mint and Do-Si-Do, every Samoa and Savannah Smile goes to support abortion advocacy.” The article – which also implicitly claims that the Girl Scouts’ “endorsement” (if you can even call the tweet that) of Wendy Davis is what drove Mr. Pisciotta to call for the boycott – further states:

“Pisciotta says people should look closely at where the money goes from these sales. The Girl Scouts claims that 100% of cookie revenue stays with the regional councils, with a portion going to the local troop, and that the national office receives no revenue from cookie sales. However, Girl Scouts USA receives millions in licensing fees for every box sold, money that contributes substantially to its enormous budget.

Ann Saladin, who runs MyGirlScoutCouncil.com, points out that even the regional councils, and therefore much of the cookie money, are directly implicated in abortion advocacy. Her website lists all the local councils with abortion troubles.

The Girl Scouts also claims that no cookie money goes to any other group. However, Girl Scouts USA makes an annual donation of $1.5 million to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a group on record as supporting reproductive health and rights for its members.”

Despite what Mr. Pisciotta and his followers may believe, an article published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in January of last year explains that, “100 percent of cookie sale proceeds stays local, 22 percent goes directly to the troop, 40 percent goes to the local council for operations, [and] the remaining amount covers production and shipping costs.”

Moreover, Girl Scouts explains the following:

“All of the revenue earned from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the local Girl Scout council. Each council determines its own revenue structure depending on its cookie cost, local retail price, and the amount that is shared with participating troops and groups… [and that] Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA, and no other revenue from cookie sales goes to Girl Scouts of the USA.”

But apparently one article wasn’t enough, because Thursday, Breitbart decided to publish a follow up article to let readers know that despite the fact, “Girl Scouts have apologized for seeming to endorse abortion advocate Wendy Davis in a tweet late last month… organizers and supporters of a planned boycott of Girl Scout Cookies are not impressed by the statement from the girls’ youth organization,” and will continue to move forward with the boycott. Of course the article wasn’t complete without a few choice tweets from boycott supporters like, “@girlscouts Sorry GSA when you partnered w Planned Parenthood you alienated half of us. No cookies, donations, interest from me,” and “@girlscouts Didn’t know this. Giving up my Do-si-dos this year I guess.”

Of course not to be outdone, World Net Daily also jumped on the boycott bandwagon and provided their own thoughts about why a cookie boycott might be a good idea. You probably already know the gist of it, but here’s an excerpt:

“WND has reported on a variety of activities on the part of Girl Scouts that conservatives and religious believers might find objectionable, including when the organization was found touting  a pro-abortion politician. Girl Scouts also marched in a homosexual promotion in San Francisco and were found to be removing “God” from their “Girl Scout Promise.” They also have incorporated stone labyrinths, global warming, yoga, avatars, smudging incense, Zen gardens and lesbian role models into their teachings.”

Oh my! Global warming, yoga, and lesbian role models – run for the hills!

Just so we’re clear, a tweet which allegedly endorses Wendy Davis + a donation to a group that supports women’s reproductive health (among many other things) which doesn’t come from the proceeds of cookie sales = GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES PROMOTE THE DIRTY LIBERAL AGENDA SO WE MUST BOYCOTT THIN MINTS. BE RELENTLESS PEOPLE. BE RELENTLESS. ‘MURICA!

Honestly, things like this are just so ridiculous, they make me want to lose my mind and eat cookies; Girl Scout cookies of course, preferably Tagalongs, but I’m also a big fan of Samoas, and who can resist a Thin Mint? The mother of a Girl Scout put it to me best when she said this, “I just read that the righties are boycotting the Girl Scouts because of their support for Wendy Davis. Would you consider commenting about it and promoting the cookies???? Cookies and milk for all! Don’t screw with the Girl Scouts, right?!”

That’s right. Don’t screw with the Girl Scouts. As a former Girl Scout, I can tell you that I have many fond memories of going away to camp, going on trips, and working on badges, and that being a Girl Scout taught me many important life lessons. Girl Scouting is good for girls and that’s what we need – more empowered young women who are eventually going to be the next Wendy Davises of the world. So go on, buy a few extra boxes of cookies this year – your waistline might hate you, but knowing you are pissing off a conservative by doing it might be worth a few extra pounds. And hey, there is always yoga.

Ilyssa Fuchs

Ilyssa Fuchs is an attorney, freelance writer, and activist from New York City, who holds both a juris doctor and a political science degree. She is the founder of the popular Facebook page Politically Preposterous and a blog of the same name. Follow Ilyssa on Twitter @IlyssaFuchs, and be sure to check out her archives on Forward Progressives as well!

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  • dutch163

    Pisciotta and Breitbart are male, just saying!….and probably threatened by strong females..my granddaughters are Girl scouts..they wouldn’t want to mess with them..especially the younger one…LOL..BRING ON THE COOKIES!!

  • James Worcester

    Jesus, who are the Teabillies going to condemn next, the Pope…oh, wait…

  • Raiann

    This is why the GOP and the rest of them are losing elections, they are delusional !!!!!

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Why don’t they support a boycott of something that hurts all of us, like, maybe WalMart? Oh wait, yea, the $$$ thing. My daughter was a GS and those cookie sales helped get some girls to camp and paid for some great trips for new experiences. They are seriously NUTS. Should they not be allowed to put up strong role models? Is Wendy Davis’s only agenda pro abortion? Shows their narrow minded ness.

  • Judy Jackson

    NOTHING scares these clowns more than strong independent women, except for girls who are learning to be strong independent women. They are all idiots.

  • VAL

    I haven’t bought GS cookies for a while-seems like a good year to munch out!

  • Julia Sager

    I was a troop leader and Girl Scout volunteer trainer for 5 years. GSUSA has the BEST system for handling “sensitive topics” I’ve ever seen. If a troop wants to work on a unit that may include controversial subjects, the leader must get the parents to sign permission slips before the material is presented, and girls whose parents object are allowed to opt out. Many troops may have girls of all religions in it – including Wiccan, Jews, or Muslim. So girls can learn at an early age about other faiths, in the best way possible: from their friends, with their parents nearby.

    Pass the cookies. I’ll be buying extra this year.

    • kurtsteinbach

      My sister was a brownie and a Girl Scout, so were my girl friends growing up. My nieces are Girl Scouts. When I have daughter, she will be a Girl Scout. I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout when I was a boy. I supported them too, until they recently went anti-gay. I applauded the GSA when they didn’t. I buy GS cookies every year, whenever they sell them. I gotta have my Thin Mints. I always buy them at the school I teach at. I hope Wendy Davis wins, and she’d be a great choice for GSA Woman of the Year. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. My mother was a teacher. My grandmother was my grandfather’s partner in Real Estate Appraisal. It is not women who need to work less and spend more time raising kids; it’s guys who need to pull their weight raising the kids. I hate cleaning; my girlfriend does. We used to hire a service. Times are tough, so I do the laundry, clean the dishes, clean the bathroom, etc. She cooks and sweeps/mops, dusts. I cook a little, but suck at it. We share. I pull my weight. It’s something I learned from my parents and grandparents. The right wing, conservative, “traditional” way, is just one way among hundreds of ways. Study history or teach it, as I do, and you find many different ways. Some are wrong, but most are just different. Conservatives are the ones who cannot adjust, and refuse to adapt, and they’re are going to maladapt themselves into the annals of history….

    • GreyWolf62

      Girl Scouts split many years ago, with the conservatives forming The Heritage Girls. Many of us that were raised in Scouting decades ago (First Class Pin 1980) were raised with the HG philosophy. I am not saying it it’s good or bad, just different. Today’s Girl Scouts reflect today’s girls.

      We buy cookies because they taste great and more importantly, they teach girls. I work with the shy girls and make them complete the sale. Even though times are really tough right now for us, my guys wanted their cookies. [My nieces are Scouts but live 3000 miles away. I support my local council.]

  • enough

    As if you needed another reason to run out and buy girl scout cookies! Here it is, people who are allergic to cookies will now run out and buy 50 bucks worth! So many ignorant racists in our country, we’re going to have to turn to love and breed it out of them. So I say, love your fellow conservative right winger, get married and in 2 or 3 generations we can eradicate almost all of the insanity, ignorance, and racists tendencies. However, in the mean time or if you are not enough of a patriot to stomach taking one for the team….at least go out and drop some of your hard earned cash on a box or 10 boxes of good ole’ girl scout cookies, they don’t disappoint.

  • Ronin

    Economic populism by way of minimum wage increase ballot initiatives in all 50 states will win up the House back and a stronger Senate in 2014. And after we win I think we should send a box of Thin Mints to this Piscotta clown.

  • Louis Lamoureux

    Smudging incense, zen gardens?
    Forget it he’s rolling…

  • Nicole

    There is always someone screaming that they are offended by something and therefore boycotting a product/company. It is getting fucking old!

  • Janice Burgess Bailey

    I haven’t bought Girl Scout cookies in years. They seemed too expensive on a very tight budget and I didn’t know any Girl Scouts. I saw a post from a friend a few weeks back about a boycott because they “support abortion” and decided right then to seek out a cookie sale and buy at least 5 boxes. Not because I support abortion (I support choice) but because I hate it when someone else tells me not to buy something because they are narrow minded idiots (used the nice word instead of the one I wanted to use). Lucky for me a new friend has a daughter that is a Girl Scout!

  • Edward Krebbs

    Imagine if Breitbart should find evidence (or even if he should make up the evidence) that some Girl Scout leader told their troop about Hillary !

    • Pipercat

      Have to be a surrogate I’m afraid. Andy’s been dead for awhile now!

  • vivian

    I hope the Girl Scouts don’t take this too personally. The right is against everyone that doesn’t have a lobbyist or a major campaign contribution.

    • kurtsteinbach

      The right is against anyone that will not suk Koch (pronounced Coke) or worship their money…. Anyone with integrity, Conservatives are against.

  • Cookies for Life!

    Heck yeah! Boycott the cookies! More Tag-a-longs for me! Woo-hoo!

  • MLR

    Hey guess what you crazy righties,,,I’m gonna go out and buy me some girl scout cookies! I have to admit I usually avoid them but not because I don’t like the girl scouts but because I rarely carry cash but I’m going to make it a point to carry some cash and buy some cookies. These tea party, hard-right people don’t know when to quit. They’re like a kid that keeps pushing boundaries because he/she gets away with it but eventually the kid is gonna push too far. Stop while you’re still ahead tea party because not only do you poll miserably low but you keep adding people to your list of who you’re gonna alienate next.

  • Ann-Marie Heschle

    It is becoming very nauseating that a person in a high place-A CEO, Owner-is unable to have an opinion. I may not agree with what they tweeted but it was their OPINION. The on going vilification is driving me crazier than I already am. What is even sadder is if we were to turn around and boycott what ever business Pissycotta is in because we did not like his views on Pro Life we would be called un-American and every other name in the book. I was in scouting for over 18 yrs as a scout and then as a leader. I earned my first class badge and participated in activities that I would not have been able to if not for scouting. The only thing I feel is they should receive more revenue from the sales than what they do.

  • Karla Dennis

    Maybe someone needs to point out to him that in turn, the money that is earned by the troops and local counsels supports Hobby Lobby, who is a “pro-life” company that hates lesbians, so in the end the money IS working for his side.

  • Laurie Shreffler

    My girls were both Girl Scouts for a number of years. I was also a Troop Leader, Service Unit Manager and Cookie Manager. That organization is nothing but positive for empowering girls to do positive things for society and themselves. This boycott of cookies is ludicrous, and I will be buying more boxes of cookies this year. I strongly encourage everyone else to do the same. The atmosphere of conservative ignorance has got to stop. If they want a war on Girl Scout Cookies, bring it on. I predict sales will increase this year.

  • Mr Smith

    Sounds to me a lot like using coercion and extortion to program and indoctrinate little girls. But, that is perfectly acceptable to right wing conservatives.

  • hermanprovi

    This will be the first time that I will buy girl-scout cookies, thanks to Breitbart! People who feel that the government should be able to tell you how to believe, are not interested in our Constitution! Keep YOUR religious belief out of my Government.”Separation of Church and State”, NOW, and forever!!!!!!

  • Stephen Barlow

    Whew! I thought it was evil when old GOP pedophiles only wanted GSA panties…

  • Xerocky

    Girl scout cookies promote type 2 diabetes. 11g of sugar per 4 thin mints? Who on Earth ever stopped at 4?

    http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/meet_the_cookies.asp