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Unhappy and Unhealthy: Planned Parenthood's Advice to Girl Scouts

I almost fell out of my chair when I read the news. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts hosted a panel in New York, part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. According to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Girl Scouts allowed Planned Parenthood "to distribute brochures containing sexually explicit material to the young girls."

The booklet is titled Healthy, Happy, and Hot. Much of the content is so pornographic, I wouldn't dare talk about it over the air or post it online. But you need to know that the sex guide advocates every imaginable kind of sex. As the guide blithely puts it, "There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!"

It also tells girls that "some people have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice." Clearly, nothing is off limits — even for children below the age of consent.

The Girls Scouts are claiming that they did not offer the booklet, despite the fact that it was seen on the table in their room by witnesses including Sharon Slater, president of Family Watch International.

But why would Girl Scout leaders even bother denying it? They've had a long association with Planned Parenthood. As one of our Centurion graduates, Regis Nicoll, notes in an article on the BreakPoint website, Planned Parenthood is a welcome guest in 20 percent of the Girl Scout councils nationwide, conducting "educational" events.

During these events, Nicoll writes, attendees are given a book entitled It's Perfectly Normal. The book enthusiastically promotes homosexual behavior and abortion, and includes graphic and, for me at least, vulgar descriptions of the human anatomy.

Planned Parenthood believes that sexual activity of any kind is a human right — at any age. To them, it's never too early to start exposing children to their sexual philosophy. By contrast, of course, Christianity teaches that sex is a sacred act that ought to be reserved exclusively for a husband and wife. And we believe childhood should be a time of innocence — a time to be protected from adult subjects.

Philosophy may only be part of the reason why Planned Parenthood is so eager to expose Girl Scouts to their trashy booklets. Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women of America, says it does so "with the intent of increasing their revenue."

Wright says that Planned Parenthood, the nation's number one abortion provider, works with girls' organizations "in order to profit from encouraging kids to be sexually active." It's obvious — the more sexually active, the more abortions. What a way to destroy young women.

Parents who question the Girl Scouts' wisdom in allowing Planned Parenthood access to their daughters may want to consider a Christian alternative: American Heritage Girls. This group teaches leadership, character development, and spiritual growth.

Or, if you are involved with Girl Scouts, for heaven's sake, let your leaders know what you think about exposing young girls to sexually explicit materials and the destructive worldview they represent.

Sadly, these days we need to be on the lookout for radical, destructive worldviews everywhere — even behind the boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

Chuck Colson's daily BreakPoint commentary airs each weekday on more than one thousand outlets with an estimated listening audience of one million people. BreakPoint provides a Christian perspective on today's news and trends via radio, interactive media, and print.

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