Not everyone is loving those Thin Mints.

Pro-Life Wisconsin is asking its supporters to reconsider purchasing Girl Scout cookies, saying the organization is too closely linked to the abortion rights movement.

In an email to supporters Monday, Pro-Life Wisconsin said that "while some local troops' activities may be wholesome, sadly, Girl Scouts USA promotes radically, anti-life women, such as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, as role models, regularly partners with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood for 'educational' activities, and encourages girls to fight for abortion on demand."

The annual six-week period of Girl Scout cookie sales kicks off this Saturday.

Pro-Life Wisconsin told its supporters that "approximately 15 percent of each box sold goes to the troop. The rest goes to the regional and national organizations of Girl Scouts USA."

That's not true, said Christy Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Badgerland Council, a regional body that provides Girl Scouting in south-central and southwest Wisconsin. No portion of cookie proceeds goes to the national Girl Scouts organization, she said.

Of the $3.75 per-box retail price, the baker gets 99 cents, the girl who sold the box earns a 12-cent reward, and the troop keeps 60 cents to 70 cents (the amount goes up depending on overall sales volume). The rest -- about $2 -- goes to the regional council to pay for programming costs, Gibbs said.

While the organization's 112 regional councils do provide funding for the national Girl Scouts of the USA, that money comes from a portion of registration fees, Gibbs said. The cookie money is a distinct pot that does not leave the troop and regional council, she said.

Told of this, Peggy Hamill, Pro-Life Wisconsin's state director, said "our concerns still stand."

"Money is fungible," she said. "Regardless of whether it's actually the cookie money supporting the national Girl Scouts, we know that money goes from the regional councils to the national organization."

Hamill said she was a Girl Scout growing up and served as a troop leader for a time. "We recognize they do some wonderful things," she said. "Our concern is with some of the Girl Scout materials and some of the associations you're seeing."

As for the broader abortion issues, the national Girl Scouts association said in a statement that the organization "does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families. Personal matters are just that -- personal and private -- and should be addressed accordingly."

For those who want to read more, here's a story Pro-Life Wisconsin is sharing with its supporters, and here's a response from Girl Scouts of the USA.

UPDATE: Sam Guzman, communications director for Pro-Life Wisconsin, contends the national Girl Scouts organization still benefits from cookie sales because it receives licensing fees for all of the boxes sold.

You can reach reporter Doug Erickson at derickson@madison.com or 608-252-6149.

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mzd
mzd

Here's the donate site for the BadgerLand council. Consider making a donation!

http://gsbadgerland.org/Donate/tabid/888/Default.aspx

sbjohnston
sbjohnston

How is this nonsense worth publishing? If I create a group and say we make a claim against another organization, does that mean I can get automatically my crazy views printed in the newspaper and on news websites? Wow - I thought there were some standards to be met as to what is considered "news". I guess not...

My group, Amuricuns for Amuricah, hereby calls for a boycott of all tulip purchases for the Easter holiday because these so-called 'flower stores' are providing funding to Dutch Muslim extremists. When will the story run?

elroy2u
elroy2u

Actually Gary....I'm not a fan of Apple Pie myself......although I don't have a problem with it. That being said, I kind of like life...and believe we should all have a shot at it. How does one know if they like apple pie unless they are alive enough to try a slice? No matter....I'll be purchasing a few boxes of the thin mints and butter cookies..... I could care less which group of wackos are boycotting for whatever reason. They obviously have way too much time on their hands and are incapable of independent thought. Kind of like those clowns who spent months down on Capitol Square chanting the same rubbish in unison.

bookman21
bookman21

The war on women has now been expanded to include girls.

spooky tooth
spooky tooth

Girl Scout Cookies?

The right wing crazies are up in arms about the Super Bowl commercial Coke ran. The Coke commercial had people signing "America The Beautiful" in several languages. Fox News' Todd Starnes said coke is the official soft drink of illegals and immigrants that don't want to learn english.

Stop the war on women and foreign languages.

Davisra
Davisra

How terrible - promoting the idea of planning WHEN to have your babies. What most pro-lifers seem to forget is somebody has to take care of all the unwanted babies. Most teens aren't ready for that - any wonder why there are so many welfare "baby moms" out there? If buying girl scout cookies helps promote the idea of waiting to have babies until you're married and can afford to take care of your own children, then I'll buy as many boxes as possible!

WI_Expat
WI_Expat

Have to laugh at the people callings for a conservative boycott names...many who will call for boycotts of any business connected to Scott Walker or go on line calling for boycotting advertisers of Rush.

irisK
irisK

I have to laugh at people who refuse to hire people who signed the recall petition.
Scott Walker won, and they still are all upset because the recall took place.

mbadger
mbadger

People are really not hiring recall supporters? Sweet.

Galileo
Galileo

sunday it was America the Beautiful, today it's the Girl Scouts and their cookies. Hide your apple pie, tomorrow they'll rail against that.

momoftwoteens
momoftwoteens

Brilliant move by Pro-Life Wisconsin, hopefully their off ;the wall tactics will increase sales of cookies this year. Selling cookies does not only provide revenue but valuable skills for those girls. I am definitely buying more cookies this year.

happydays
happydays

That's right people - let's hurt a bunch a little kids. Are you all crazy? Sometimes you just need to step back and take a deep breath and ask yourself - Is this really worth it? Is this what I am about? What are all these issues turning me into? Because this is just crazy making

gobi
gobi

Girl scout cookies are a gateway drug that lead to sex and abortions- everyone knows that.

truthzeeker
truthzeeker

This Pro-Life group must be closely linked to Eugene McCarthy. I wonder if there was some crossbreeding going on that has spawned this group of misguided, sanctimonious know-it-alls! Another place were abortion would have saved us from their misguided, over reaching mission.

witness2012
witness2012

Joe McCarthy, NOT Eugene McCarthy.

Thewiscokid
Thewiscokid

The Girl Scouts have my full support and I'll be buying as many boxes as I can afford. Planned Parenthood also has my full support. Anyone who has a problem with either of these organizations really doesn't understand how much good they do for our communities.

snootyelites
snootyelites

War on Women: Democrat party supported annual female infanticide 600,000 and a total of 1.1 million abortions - lowest in years.

War on Women indeed!

TheRestOfTheStory
TheRestOfTheStory

You should stop jerking off snooty. How many potential babies are you killing right there? The difference between a bunch of cells and your religious version of when intelligence begins is the difference in this conversation. It's also the reason there should be complete separation between state and church. I don't want your sect's version of what I should be doing impacting my freedoms.

truthzeeker
truthzeeker

Next time you pee you better check to see if there are any sperm going down the drain.....those lost sperm may possibly be female originators. Since man can now create babies from t-cells, maybe we should be saving all those because they are also potential babies. Now ask me how ridiculous one can get with this religious crusade based on fiction.....the bible!

snootyelites
snootyelites

Denial is a long river......... & DSM recognized Denial as a mental disorder!

Infanticide, Abortion Responsible for 60 Million Girls Missing in Asia (25 million more in America, if you add up the 55 million since Roe)

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/13/infanticide-abortion-responsible-for-60-million-girls-missing-in-asia/

koala
koala

Pro-Life Wisconsin is a group of obsessed, one-issue nut-jobs. The Bible makes no mention, in the Old or the New Testament, of abortion; the latter, despite the fact that abortion was legal under Roman law at Jesus' time. The Catholic prohibition traces to an encyclical from the late 19th century, and – like the 20th century encyclical against birth control – betrays a medieval understanding of sexuality. Two-thirds of all pregnancies result in natural, spontaneous abortions. The right to an abortion during the first trimester is the law of the land in the US.

While PLW obsesses about all those spontaneous abortions, and supposed differences between them and abortion through conscious intervention, I'm going to order another five boxes of Girl Scout cookies. IMHO, the Girl Scouts have done far, far more to better the lives of girls and develop strong character than PLW ever has a chance of doing.

c-the-truth
c-the-truth

The not enough rope group are out in force. The more they speak the tighter the noose gets. Keep talking and we will keep listening. Everyone wants to know. They expand on their exposure so more and more know how wacko they really are. Thank goodness for the first amendment. Even wackos get a forum. Good for us - we know how they and how to deal with them. The more exposure the better.

Badgerman42
Badgerman42

"Middleoftheroad": You are anything but.

array1
array1

Hey WSJ! Can you link us to a searchable data base that will give us scout names and how many cookies they've sold? This would be the next logical step given what you publish.

MultiVortex
MultiVortex

I'm generally pro-life, but the pro-life movement is composted heavily of whack jobs. This is just another ridiculous chapter that gets us no where productive. Idiots.

MultiVortex
MultiVortex

*composed, not composted.

witness2012
witness2012

I don't know. I'm thinking compost fits pretty well.

magnum1
magnum1

Holy Cow! can't people just leave the girl scouts alone. This world has to many "touchy" people today! Can't people just leave some issues alone and mind their own buisness. What a bunch of cry babies!

Bella La Befana
Bella La Befana

Told of this, Peggy Hamill, Pro-Life Wisconsin's state director, said "Facts be damned. We refuse to let them get in the way of the lies we're tellin'!"


timbo
timbo

Girl Scout cookies have dwindled in flavor and number until they are a Tretzki’s chicken joke -- so few in the box and so homely tasting, that $4 is a rip off. Last year, I gave the girl $20 to keep her cookies, told her that I can buy twice the number of Oreos for the same price, but I wanted her to enjoy scouting. Her mom was aghast, but she was delighted. Money for nuthin!

truthzeeker
truthzeeker

Good thinking out side the box. That's killing two birds with one stone!

Badgerman42
Badgerman42

"Pro-Life Wisconsin Targets Girl Scout Cookies." - I thought this was an Onion article at first. Crazy!!!

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

The GOP "war on women" continues…. now it's Girl Scouts!

Thank you Governor Walker.

shadow
shadow

This has nothing to do with the GOP or our Governor. Get off that idiotic bandwagon and go back to bed.

War on women. I'd say it's just the opposite. It is the left conducting the war. They are even using Girl Scouts as their ground troops. Disgusting. The GOP is not conducting any war.........they are pointing out the left doing just the opposite. Their own figures do show that the Girl only gets $0.12 for each $3.75 box so 3.2%. The troop gets 20%, 26% goes to the baker and 53% does go to the Regional office which does use $ to promote PP activities, speakers, etc.

witness2012
witness2012

MOR, grown women, or at least women past puberty, get abortions.

The Girl Scouts is an organization geared towards prepubescent girls and helps them earn badges by identifying plants, making a campfire without matches, learning first aid and eating smores.

There really is no connection there unless you are paranoid and see the creeping enemy of women's rights all around you.

truthzeeker
truthzeeker

It just amazes me how the right wing crowd can take their faults and accuse the other side of the same thing. Let's talk about equal pay for equal work. Where has the party-of-no supported women on this? And historically speaking what has the party-of-no helped women in raising there quality of life?

So don't come on this blog with your sanctimonious, hypocritical stand and talk about helping women achieve the same status as men. The party-of-no is only about tired old men who are incapable of sharing and having empathy for the rest of society. How sad!

Lynne4300
Lynne4300

You can support the Girl Scouts, or not. This is no different than liberals who boycott businesses who are not union.


truthzeeker
truthzeeker

Not necessarily true. I do not shop at companies who are antiunion. There is a big difference. The Walmarts of the world do not only pay people starvation wages but they actively try to destroy unions. And in addition they have destroyed millions of good paying American jobs by purchasing cheap goods from outside the US. And they have closed the doors of thousands of small business across the country. Any questions?

Harvey
Harvey

I have come to the conclusion that Lynne4300 is really Dana Perino blogging on her break.

Harvey
Harvey

I was looking for a reason to double my purchase this year. Thanks Pro-Life!!!!

Lynn4300XL
Lynn4300XL

I heard the Girl Scouts promotes evolution also. Can't we create a law that outlaws Girl Scouts? We need to replace it with our Conservative Scouts.

College Didn't Take
College Didn't Take

I explained all of this to Tonette and even she could understand. I'm setting the bar pretty low, aren't I?

RecessionSux
RecessionSux

Boo!

River
River

PLW = whack jobs!!

2F4EF4
2F4EF4

Reproductive health is essential for Girl Scouts and the world. It's about freedom and privacy and compassion and kindness. It's a triumph that we can separate ourselves from our oppressive biology. We share reproductive health with the world and liberate millions.

robertsthc
robertsthc

One million children would probably disagree with your definition of reproductive health.

irisK
irisK

If the one million "children" you refer to are the "aborted children".
If they are able to disagree, they must be reincarnated

Hiding behind a term like Reproductive Health is Horrible. Please go into detail about how having an abortion is reproductive "Health" If I feed you arsenic would you classify that as Nutritional Health?

witness2012
witness2012

This paranoia by PLW and the "guilt by association" they are attributing to the Girl Scouts goes too far. Do they really expect the public to support boycotting the buying of girl scout cookies?

Is this like the campaign against the Barney character that some religious leaders thought was trying to indoctrinate toddlers into the gay lifestyle?

It will backfire on them and make them look even more ridiculous.

It wasn't Barney, it was the tella tubbies and they were definitely exhibiting Gay mannerisms on purpose.

koala
koala

You've got to be kidding.

witness2012
witness2012

Thank you for the correction, MOR. I'm not really up on my toddler shows.

But, please continue to explain. What "gay mannerisms" did the tela-tubbies display?

freddiebell
freddiebell

Was it, in fact, the purple Tubby? Inquiring minds want to know.

GaryRobbins
GaryRobbins

Elroy - thanks for the advice, I'll take it under consideration.
So you have no problem with apple pie, then? Pro-Life Wisconsin might.

dk9s
dk9s

Now I will go search out places to buy more Girl Scout cookies. How sad they are targeting a group that does so much for children, they only care about them til the moment of birth obviously. I'm tired of crazies dictating that everyone else conform to their beliefs.

modotti
modotti

ditto

legalizeit
legalizeit

and another ditto. In past years I bought 300 boxes from 3 different scouts ( I eat 3 or 4 boxes and give the rest away) but in honor of ALL the girls/women I love and whose health, freedom and privacy I respect - I am going to triple this years purchase.

PS
Anyone here rent refrigerator space? Might have cookies hanging around for awhile.

Over $1000 in cookies? Really? Since their own figures show the kid only gets 3.2% and the troop only gets 20% You would be Much better off to just give $12 to each girl and $70 to each troop. That would only cost you about $250 to provide the same support. Methinks you just like to eat a lot of cookies.

You are in favor of abortion and claim to care More about children?

motherlode
motherlode

Get a life, wrongwingers!

Lynne4301
Lynne4301

Another right wing republican group with it's head up it's arse self destructs.

elroy2u
elroy2u

Give it a rest Gary. Barbie's a tramp. Why should we pay for her birth control??

witness2012
witness2012

elroy2u, I don't know how to break this to you, but Barbie has no genitalia.

Given that, her birth control would be very affordable for any of us.

human
human

This means I'll have to buy some extra Girl Scout Cookies this year. Curse you, Pro-Life Wisconsin!

robertsthc
robertsthc

Curse you Pro Life. Interesting use of words.

HelenaHandbag
HelenaHandbag

More evidence that they love the fetus but hate the child, and that they are more interested in perpetuating crazy right-wing conspiracies than in doing any social good. The Girl Scouts do infinitely more to support the development of strong, healthy, educated young women (the best way to lower the incidence of unwanted pregnancies) than these knuckleheads ever have.

I loved my years as a Girl Scout and I'm very proud of the organization. For 101 years, their slogan has been "Do A Good Turn Daily" In that spirit, we'll be buying lots of extra cookies this year (they freeze well!) to make up for any sales lost from these mean-spirited attacks.

Just the opposite. How can you claim that people who are promoting Having the CHILD are against the Child. We want the Fetus to Become a child. How can the group that promote killing the fetus ever claim to be for children? You are For Preventing Children. You are Pro Death. This misguided claim that conservatives do not support children after they are born is hogwash. It is a Proven fact that we pay our taxes at a higher rate and provide more support for live children than the liberals who are making these claims. Put your Own money where Your Mouth is. Yes, we also promote People/parents providing for their Own children and supporting themselves as a basic platform, but when they don't guess who pays? Me. Stop making claims that we don't while simultaneously taking the Money from our wallets.

wrkrbee1
wrkrbee1

personally I'm pro life, but this is ridiculous

Mr Mellow
Mr Mellow

What do you expect from the 'keep'em barefoot, pregnant, and subservient to men' crowd?

False, lame claim. I can just as easily call you the have someone else pay for your birth control, get pregnant, take no personal responsibility, have an abortion, or make others pay for your kids crowd.

truthzeeker
truthzeeker

I think I will buy a hundred boxes from my granddaughters and distribute them to persons going to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Gianni
Gianni

This is clearly a "Look at us!! Give us attention!" ploy by an increasingly irrelevant small group of nuts.

No, they are pointing out that this group uses small girls as ground troops and uses some of the funds for PP, abortion rights, and is participating in indoctrination of these girls to their personal political views. It is fine if they want to do this, but it's also fine for this to be disclosed and known. Remember how much the liberals screamed when the BSA apposed Gays?

bdholmes
bdholmes

Boycotting cookies?!... you're getting close to the stupidity level of PETA...

array1
array1

mmmm............. chocolate mint are the best!

iponder
iponder

Pro life needs to get a life. They should at least get their facts right before destroying an important fundraising event. Maybe the Girl Scouts should seek damages?

did you feel that way when the left attacked the BSA for their stance on gays? This severely hurt their fundraising and popcorn sales.

WI_Expat
WI_Expat

Yep, Girl Scouts recognized Wendy "Abortion Barbie" Davis, the one who filibustered (you know that act liberals seem to hate when it's not them) in favor of late term abortions on demand, as a woman of the year.

Now it show she lied on her bio to craft a false story and failed on mandatory disclosure to state lobbyist groups she was in business relationships.

Not a positive image for young girls !

blockhead
blockhead

Not altogether truthful, WO_Expat, but we expect lies and shading the truth from your ilk.

blockhead
blockhead

I haven't bought any since I retired 3 years ago, but I'm going to be buying some this year for sure.

Bella La Befana
Bella La Befana

"Abortion Barbie." How charming.

And how absolutely irrelevant.

jussmiddle
jussmiddle

Let me guess. Your idol is Bristol "trailer trash" Palin?
Hoping Wendy Davis is the next governor of Texas. That will make the redneck idiots heads explode for sure!

Ego Vigilabo Vigilum
Ego Vigilabo Vigilum

jussmiddle;

"Hoping Wendy Davis is the next governor of Texas."

Let me guess. Your idol is Wendy "Lying Trailer Trash" (even lying about the trailer!!!!!!) Davis? Because her story is, in President Obama's words, a "compilation" that just keeps "evolving!"

Don't shoot the messenger, but the Liberal media is going nowhere near all the new "surprises" unfolding from this little gem.

http://news.yahoo.com/wendy-davis-lies-media-snores-080000981.html

This link doesn't even touch on her using $131 large on luxury suites paid for with, get this, campaign funds!

Ah Proglibocrats; the lyin' gift that, just like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps on going and going and going!

Keep an eye peeled, lots of Proglibocrats are going to distance themselves from this piece of work!

eagledeer
eagledeer

Pro Life needs to get a life.

Queen123
Queen123

Yeah! More thin mints for me!!

Lisa B
Lisa B

PLW is not known for accurate statements, so it's no surprise they'd get it wrong about what the cookie money actually supports.

ktourd12
ktourd12

Their argument lacks credibility because of the source. Breibart.com is not a reliable or factual source.

I won't be buying as many this year because of how little money the girls and their troop gets out of it. Also, I have had issues with the national organization and their opposition to online sales. If a group of girls can get a website running on their own with minimal assistance from their parents to take orders from their family and friends, how is that any different than sitting outside or mom and dad taking the forms to work? I know in many areas going door to door isn't safe anymore. The girls are doing the work to sell the cookies on their own and learning new skills. I also think that sales in some parts of the country may be down as a reaction to how some councils have mismanaged finances and have been selling council owned property, including camps. The girls are the ones being hurt in how greedy local councils are getting.

GaryRobbins
GaryRobbins

This just in! Pro-Life Wisconsin has also just come out against Barbie. They say her association with Ken promotes promiscuity, and this in turn forces decisions that could lead to someone having an abortion.
And Apple pie! Pro-Life Wisconsin has come out against Apple pie. They say Apple pie could be used as a romantic dessert and an aphrodisiac. That could lead to behavior that forces decisions that could lead to someone having an abortion.
Barbie is bad. Apple pie is bad. And Girl Scouts and Girl Scout cookies, too. Bad!
Talk about putting yourself out there all alone on the Fringe, Pro-Life Wisconsin.

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