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Right-Winger Mat Staver: Buying Girl Scout Cookies Leads to Abortion

Mat Staver

Purchasing Girl Scout cookies enables sexual promiscuity among the organization’s members, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver — who represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, whowent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — wrote in a blog post entitled “Girl Scout Cookies Crumble.” 

“It’s important that people understand that the profits from cookie sales go toward harming young girls rather than helping them. I encourage people to say, ‘no, thank you’ to Girls Scouts and support alternatives that encourage Christian values such as American Heritage Girls,” Staver wrote in the post. 

Staver, a dangerous proponent of "conversion therapy," also wrote that Girl Scouts USA “aggressively promotes” abortion, and linked to a felonious story from 2010 that accused the organization’s governing body, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, of advocating for abortion, which has since been debunked, according to Newsweek.

"The once great Girl Scouts USA took a tragic fall when it became a political advocacy group that promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity to innocent girls,” Staver wrote in his post, based on a story the anti-abortion group Life Issues Institute shared eight years ago. Staver also attempted to tie the Girl Scouts to Planned Parenthood, although the Girl Scouts’ website reads that the organization “does not take a position or develop materials” on “human sexuality, birth control, and abortion."

"Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood," according to the Girl Scouts’ website. 

But that didn’t stop Staver from accusing the organization of pushing a pro-abortion agenda and anyone who purchases Girl Scout cookies, which help fund organization’s programs, of being complicit. 

Staver’s logic around the purchase of a box of Trefoils leading to willy-nilly abortion went like this: 

“Girl Scout cookie sales fund troops, local councils and GSUSA. A Girl Scout troop keeps an average of just 10 to 20 percent of the money collected from selling cookies. The local council receives an average of 65 to 75 percent of the money collected by all local troops. GSUSA collects a royalty payment based upon its licensed trademark on every box of cookies produced. With approximately 200 million boxes of cookies sold annually, this amounts to millions of dollars of funding for GSUSA every year, much of which goes toward aggressively promoting youth reproductive/abortion and sexual rights to innocent girls.” 

He also took umbrage with the organization’s public speaking badge, which he said encourages scouts to watch speeches by famous activists like Margaret Sanger (who advocated for safe birth control) and Lady Gaga and Sally Field, who have both spoken passionately on behalf of marriage equality. 

Staver also lashed out at the idea that Girl Scouts, a 100-year-old organization that has always encouraged young women to take on leadership roles, promoted the record-breaking Women’s Marches to its members. He was also up in arms over the fact that one of Hillary Clinton’s campaign ads featured a photo of her with a group of Girl Scouts. 

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