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Pro-Life Wisconsin joins Girl Scout cookie boycott

Patty Murray, Wisconsin Public Radio

Pro-Life Wisconsin is joining a national effort to boycott Girl Scout Cookies.

It's a rite of passage for many girls to go door to door or sit outside of a grocery store selling cookies for $3.50 a box. This year Pro-Life Wisconsin and other groups around the nation are asking their members to boycott the girls.

Peggy Hamill, the state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, said discontent with Girls Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) has been brewing for years. This year, the group forwarded an article about a national “cookie cott” to its 2,000 state subscribers.

Hamill takes issue with some role models GSUSA promotes, including Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem. She says the Girl Scouts also hold up Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“Both of those women are very strong advocates of the so-called ‘right’ to abortion on demand and the so called ‘right’ to women’s reproductive health care,” said Hamill.

Lee Snodgrass, a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, said the scouts have no political or ideological affiliations. Snodgrass also worries girls may be harassed as they make their rounds.

“We really don't want people speaking to girls about these issues,” said Snodgrass. “It's untrue and it really has nothing to do with them, and it distracts from the mission.”

Both Pro-Life Wisconsin and GSUSA agree that potential customers should not bring up the issue, and should either buy the cookies or say “no thank you.”