Just teenagers? Think again! Anyone can make a difference. Tess and Sydney Volanski are two average high school students, but their love for the Lord and preborn children sets them apart. These sisters are leading a nationwide effort which is successfully exposing injustice.
Their story is very personal. Tess and Sydney were loyal Girl Scouts who had earned their Bronze Award and were steadily progressing through the program. They shared the goal of achieving the Gold Award, which is comparable to the coveted Eagle Scout distinction in Boy Scouts. But when the Volanski sisters discovered that Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) aggressively supports abortion, they took a bold, conscience-driven step: leaving the organization and committing to exposing the truth about Girl Scouts’ pro-abortion agenda.
“While we recognized the many good things about Girl Scouts, we had to ask ourselves: Will we stand for our beliefs, for the dignity of life, the sanctity of marriage, modesty, purity? Or will we remain true to Girl Scouts? We cannot see any way to truly do both,” the sisters state on their website, SpeakNowGirlScouts.com.
Tess and Sydney initiated a nationwide Girl Scout Cookie Boycott which has gained national media attention, leaving GSUSA sweating and denying abortion ties despite clear evidence!
Not only do many local Girl Scout Councils have ties to Planned Parenthood, but also GSUSA unapologetically supports abortion and abortion advocates. Worse, GSUSA states that every girl scout is automatically a member of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which is staunchly pro-abortion. No girl who is pro-life would want to be associated with WAGGGS, even indirectly.
But anyone can make a difference. That’s what Tess and Sydney have shown, and you can make a difference by participating in the Cookiecott. Tess and Sydney sacrificed their personal goals and friendships when they broke ties with Girls Scouts. Can you sacrifice some cookies? Seriously! It's difficult to say "no" when sweet-faced girl scouts knock on your door, or ask you to support them as you walk into the grocery store. That's why we have fliers available to hand to their parents explaining why we are boycotting. Won’t you join us? You can make a difference!
Download the flier here.
The Girl Scouts' Radical Friends
by: Sydney Volanski
Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.
Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA), offers this pithy saying as her favorite quote. In order to figure out who the Girl Scouts are, I suppose we must follow Ms. Chávez’ logic and look at the organizations that GSUSA associates with.
A good place to start would be the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS has member organizations across the globe, the largest of which is GSUSA, contributing approximately a quarter of the ten million members that belong to WAGGGS. GSUSA is a co-founder of WAGGGS and one of WAGGGS’ largest financial supporters, paying over $1 million each year in membership fees which are triggered by each girl and adult member’s annual GSUSA registration.
The global organization is a well-known advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, including abortion, for youth, and claims to speak for all of its 10 million members.
In May 2013, WAGGGS participated in Women Deliver, a global conference with the purpose of “call[ing] for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.”
The conference featured speakers such as late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, philosopher Peter Singer, who supports infanticide and euthanasia, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Some of the breakout sessions were entitled “Outing and Addressing Abortion Stigma” and “Why I Perform Abortions.” Exhibitors included many abortion and population control advocates such as Amnesty International, Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, United Nations Population Fund, and WAGGGS.
Equally concerning is WAGGGS’ participation, along with International Planned Parenthood Federation and Planned Parenthood Global (PPFA global), in the Youth Advisory Group for the Women Deliver Conference. It seems to me that the Girl Scouts have some interesting, you might even say radical friends.
Sexual and reproductive rights advocacy is nothing new for WAGGGS. In June 2012, WAGGGS Board Chair Nadine El Achy boasted that WAGGGS “represented each one of our WAGGGS members – YOU” as they pushed for sexual and reproductive rights at the Rio+20 conference. In December 2012, WAGGGS and International Planned Parenthood Federation worked together to create the Bali Youth Declaration, a document which called for abortion rights for youth, comprehensive sex education and the “decriminalization of sex work.” WAGGGS appears to be advocating for the legalization of prostitution. I, for one, fail to see how this relates to scouting.
Putting WAGGGS aside, GSUSA has many other concerning friends. Together with global abortion provider Marie Stopes and other many other abortion advocates, GSUSA maintains membership in The Coalition for Adolescent Girls.
The Coalition promotes comprehensive sex education and abortion related care for girls. Additionally, the GSUSA curriculum, the Journey series, used and promoted by every Girl Scout council, was revised for problematic content in 2012. Some corrections were made, but many concerns remain. For example, through Journeys, GSUSA still encourages girls to work with or research many pro-abortion groups such as the ACLU, Amnesty International, Population Council,Sierra Club, WAGGGS and others. Despite this promotion of many pro-abortion groups, I couldn’t find one pro-life organization recommended by GSUSA in their books for girls. It seems that the organization has taken a decided stand on this controversial moral issue. Again, how does this relate to scouting?
I imagine many people will be upset when learn of this association. I know I was. “What?” they’ll say, incredulous at first, “Girl Scouts couldn’t possibly be involved in something like this.”
After a while, though, the surprise fades. That’s when reactions start to diverge. I became mad. At only fourteen, I learned ofWAGGGS’ advocacy for abortion. I was angry that I had been deceived by an organization I had mistakenly come to trust. My sister became sad. She felt hurt and betrayed when she realized that GSUSA simply is not what it says it is. Instead of remaining neutral on issues like abortion, as they promised, the Girl Scouts fund and hang out with aggressive abortion rights advocates (GSUSA’s pro-abortion friends: Rep. Pelosi and Sec. Sebelius: see picture on right).
Given all of this, who the Girl Scouts have become is clear to me. And unfortunately, they certainly are not the positive influence on girls they once were.
Note: Sydney is a 17-year old ex-Girl Scout from Texas and co-founder of speaknowgirlscouts.com.