Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) continues to get scoured in the media over his criticism of Girl Scouts. I have seen what he says in his letter and find it does go too far. But some of the knee jerk responses to Morris' statement are equally over the top. Many suggest he simply made everything up including that Girl Scouts had a relationship with Planned Parenthood. That misinformation is even repeated in today's newspaper in which Mary Beth Schneider of the Star reports that that both Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood denies there is any relationship. She should have said that local Girl Scout troops here deny any relationship with Indiana Planned Parenthood.
Morris is, in fact, actually quite correct that Girl Scouts of America has a working relationship with Planned Parenthood of America. That is confirmed in this video clip in which Kathy Cloninger, talks about how GSA has a relationship with "Planned Parenthood associations across the country."
Here is another clip:
Rep. Morris' problem is that people simply look at their local Girl Scouts troop, sees nothing untoward going on and doing great work, and get angry believing Morris is simply making stuff up. What they don't realize is that the national organization, Girl Scouts of America, is doing some things at that level level that many parents with their daughters in Girl Scouts would not approve of, including partnering with the largest abortion provider in the country, Planned Parenthood. Those things don't filter down to most local Girl Scout troops, especially here in Indiana. That's a good thing.
Rep. Morris is a clown, and I feel sorry for his two daughters.
And, FWIW, characterizing Planned Parenthood as the "largest abortion provider in the nation" ignores the vast majority of the work it does to protect the reproductive health of American women of all ages.
Men just can't stop trying to control women's bodies, can they!
There are two distinct issues.
Is Morris mostly correct in his depiction of the Girl Scouts? Yes. The clip confirms one claim and the online posting of the GS guide referring girls to the leftist group Media Matters affirms the group's leftward tilt.
The second issue is whether Morris is a clown, which I eagerly second. But then I would agree with the application that appellation to almost any state legislator.
I'm pro-choice, but he's closer to the truth than his duplicitous critics. Why do they struggle so hard to deny what is demonstrably true?
As for men controlling women's bodies, I've seen plenty of polls over the decades showing that more men than women support abortion rights. (Which feminists will argue is because men want to force women to abort babies unwanted by the men. Can't win either way because, you know, men are dogs.)
Sorry, I was mistaken in my comments. I had seen the Kathy Cloninger clip on another web site, where she had been identified as being from planned parenthood. I made the mistake of thinking that Ms. Cloninger worked for planned parenthood, not the girl scouts.
I would favor an ordinance or statute that banned or at least restricted sales people (Girl Scouts, those malicious Santa Clases with their fake beards and underlying agenda) assaulting me whenever I exit a checkout in a store. Sure--the stores are private property and the owners have the choice of refusing to allow the Girl Scouts (whose sales reps wear costumes, look like 10-year-olds, and try to push as much refined sugar at me as possible) to sell cookies there. The store in question would NOT get good PR. And they hit people up entering AND leaving the store. As for comparing that legislator to a clown---real clowns have skills. They entertain. They juggle. They fall out of cars in a heap. So I have to disagree with Nic on that one. Comparing this State Rep to a clown is a disservice to clowns.
I would favor two ordinances. The first requiring all attorneys and their subordinates to wear an identifying symbol -- possibly a small replica of the constitution torn in half. The second allowing any business owner to prohibit ingress by any person wearing that symbol. To the extent that those are effective, life in America would instantly be more harmonious. To the extent that they were not effective and attorneys were added to the nation's mammoth prison population, America would become even more harmonious.
Upon the passage of these ordinances, a national day of celebration could ensue, featuring a bacchanal of Girl Scout cookie consumption.
No matter, that fool Morris will be out next election cycle and will forever be the butt of jokes.
Take a look at the middle-aged white men in black suits telling the public that women shouldn't be allowed to use contraception, and then explain how that isn't "men trying to control women's bodies"!
Looking at White men in black suits tells us how most people feel about abortion? No, you are only telling us what you think of men.
Rasmussen poll, Aug, 2010:
(Rasmussen requires subscription, so I have to use a page reporting the results.)
"Women (53 percent) feel more strongly than men (42%) that abortions are too easy to get"
"Again, women are more pro-life than men as 58% of women believe that abortion is morally wrong in most cases, compared to 49% of men."
Sometimes misandry doesn't give us all the answers we need.
Remember Roe v. Wade?
Abortion is legal, however much you object to it.
One can be pro-choice, as I am, and anti-duplicity.
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