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Planned Parenthood's Girl Scout 'Sex' Talk

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Earlier this month, the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a welcome panel at the United Nations as part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

At this event, Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a pamphlet that clearly, if not explicitly, explained the facts about H.I.V., casual sex and its consequences, while outlining other options for couples besides sex -- including a section on masturbation.

The pamphlet echoed a larger effort by UNESCO, the United Nations agency charged with advancing education and culture worldwide, to educate young adults about sexual and reproductive health.

In a statement published in the New York Times, Mark Richmond, UNESCO's global coordinator for H.I.V. and AIDS and the director of the division that coordinates educational priorities, said, "In the absence of a vaccine for AIDS, education is the only vaccine we have. Only 40 percent of young people aged 15 to 24 have accurate knowledge" of how H.I.V. is spread, even though that age group "accounts for 45 percent of all new cases."


Some Christian denominations are upset by this pamphlet and the fact that it was distributed by the Girl Scouts to their members willingly.

I am a devoted Catholic, and I would be upset if my child came home with this, but I also know that as a parent, it is my job to be "all up in my kid's business," to put it in simple terms. And I plan (no, I promise) to be just that.

They come home with a pamphlet; you bet I'll read it. And then I'll tell them how it relates to our life and our values.

In this world, there is only so much protecting that we can do of our children. What's missing is the good foundation of values that starts at home.

The amount of times that they are presented with information that goes against the teaching in our homes is too many to count, but as parents, we should be the ones who put a special spin on the message, relating it to our values and explaining to them what we believe as a family.

As a child who went to a Catholic school for most of her life, I remember friends whose parents decided to skip the birds-and-the-bees talk, thinking that the schools would do it for them. You know what happened to those kids? They ended up pregnant or got themselves into some pretty serious trouble.

I'm a firm believer that information is power, and that it should be given to children in an age-appropriate manner. Nothing beats a good sit-down with Mom or Dad to discuss life's greatest issues. Really, a pamphlet like this should be no match for the insight from Mom or Dad. If anything, it should be a welcome cue to start the discussion about sex in your home. In this day and age, sadly, it may already be time.

Were the Girl Scouts wrong in allowing Planned Parenthood to distribute these pamphlets? You decide.

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49 comments so far | Post a comment now
Beth March 22, 2010, 9:24 AM

Also important to keep in mind here that the girls in question were not Daisys or Brownies. I don’t even think we’re talking about young Juniors here, so in terms of age appropriateness, they were likely spot on for catching girls *before* they have the chance to be misinformed by peers.

Elsa March 22, 2010, 10:46 AM

It is also important to note that every girl must have parent permission before a program of this nature is presented. If the parent objects, they are welcome to not attend. Also, we bring in qualified experts rather than simply having the leaders talk to girls about “controversial subjects”

DAN-O March 22, 2010, 11:07 AM

The same furrowed-brow, angry, hand-wringing “women” who have gained importance in left-wing political settings are, generally, in charge of the “girl” scouts.

Anyone who allows a daughter to matriculate deserves the consequences (alas, the innocent daughter does NOT deserve the consequences).

egene March 22, 2010, 4:31 PM

A lot of hullaballoo about nothing, but an organization attempting to better educate young girls. Granted, the presenters should have formally made their plans known to the families of the participants, but where does such blind views of the motives come from? The girls were age appropriate, and that should be the end of it. Probably not in American, where the govt has taken away parental responsibilities to the point of extinction.

Anonymous March 22, 2010, 6:12 PM

getting upset over nothing

Jim March 22, 2010, 6:50 PM

GSUSA and their parent organization, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are cleverly downplaying their role in their media releases in response to this pamphlet story.

The WAGGGS official website contains posts about the real agenda at the UN, which including openly demanding safe, affordable abortions for young people.
And they have the nerve to brag about it on the official website.

This is totally inappropriate for Girl Scouting to take a position and openly advocate for it in the name of scouting.

See their posts at

GSUSA doesn’t want to address this issue. They are hoping it will go away quietly.

ShashNahalin March 23, 2010, 5:56 AM

As a religious leader, I had to counsel a couple who depended on the kind of counsel offered by Planned Parenthood, specifically their encouragement to experiment with “Outercourse.” Guess what? Their “outercourse” resulted in a pregnancy. I wonder how that happened? Planned parenthood’s attempt to deal with sexual reality is itself quite naive. Encouraging experimentation simply revs up the engine and we all know human nature’s proclivity for speed and other exhilarating experiences. Encouraging a youth to experiment with speed in an auto or “outercourse” is unwise. Sex education is bankrupt absent moral education!

Antonia March 26, 2010, 11:58 AM

let’s read the brochure and then decide if it’s a good idea to give this (mis) information out so freely.

pages 7-10 are particularly interesting

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Jim November 24, 2010, 6:31 AM

Would’ve said it is more than OK 20+ years ago. Now it’s hardly making a difference with the dominant presence of the internet. Pamphlets.. no pamphlets - there is Google.
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Tom December 2, 2010, 2:51 PM

I am not sure Planned Parenthood should be giving this talk to these girls. Isn’t this the job of the parents?
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