Lawmaker: Girl Scouts “sexualizes” young girls, supports Planned Parenthood

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An Indiana lawmaker who opposes celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America says the group “sexualizes” young girls, promotes homosexuality and is a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood.

In a letter sent to members of the Republican Caucus, Indiana State Rep. Bob Morris said many parents were “abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles.”

“As members of the Indiana House of Representatives, we must be wise before we use the credibility and respect of the ‘Peoples’ House’ to extend legitimacy to a radicalized organization,” he said, warning them not “to endorse a group that has been subverted in the name of liberal progressive politics and the destruction of traditional American family values.”

In the Febraury 18 letter, obtained by CNN affiliate WRTV-TV, Morris lobbied lawmakers to oppose a nonbinding resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

Morris was the only member not to sign the measure.

After doing a “small amount” research on the Internet, Morris said, he and his wife came to the conclusion that the Girl Scouts have become a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood and are part of an agenda that includes “sexualizing” young girls.

Morris’ two daughters have been pulled from the Girl Scouts, he said, and instead will become active in American Heritage Girls Little Flowers organization — a group that “will not confuse their conservative Hoosier upbringing.”

Morris said he takes the stand despite the knowledge that “99.9% of Girl Scout troops in this country” are run by good leaders, he told WRTV. The concern, he said, is where the money goes on the national level.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum said she was disappointed in Morris’ words, calling them “inflammatory, misleading, woefully inaccurate and harmful.”

The controversy is the latest involving Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation briefly cut funding for some Planned Parenthood projects amid increased scrutiny by Congress over how the organization provides abortion services.

After Komen’s initial decision, Planned Parenthood said money from the foundation has largely paid for breast exams at local centers. In the past five years, it said, grants from Komen have directly supported 170,000 screenings, making up about 4% of the exams performed at Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide.

Karen Handel, a vice president with the Komen Foundation, resigned her position this month following a controversy.

In stark contrast to his Republican colleague, House Speaker Brian Bosma handed out Girl Scout cookies on the floor of the General Assembly Tuesday.

“There are a lot of sideshows at the General Assembly … and all walks of life, and you just have to determine which one’s you’re going to go into,” Bosma told CNN affiliate WISH-TV.

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