Girl Scouts and reproductive rights: it’s no laughing matter

Have you heard the one about the Girl Scouts and reproductive rights?

If you’re waiting for the punch line…there isn’t one. Because this isn’t a joke, but the sad reality of an iconic institution that has experienced a 20% membership decline over the past decade as an increasing number of families exit the program upon discovering Girl Scouts’ multi-faceted ties to the reproductive rights agenda.

Oh sure, the national level of the organization, GSUSA, has FAQs ready should questions arise. FAQs that, taken at face value, seem almost plausible. Almost.

But the carefully crafted FAQs are a problem onto themselves — narrowly addressing some concerns, excluding relevant information on others, even contradicting information presented elsewhere within the organization.