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Planned Parenthood Brochures Distributed to Girl Scouts at United Nations- Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:  
This is a forwarded article that alleges that brochures on healthy sexual practices for young people living with HIV and Aids were distributed to Girl Scouts attending a workshop at the United Nations in New York City.

The Truth:  
The eRumor is based on a March 11, 2010 article the in C-Fam website called "Girl Scouts Distribute Planned Parenthood Sex Guide at UN Meeting." It was written by Terrence McKeegan, J.D. C-Fam is the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute based out of New York and Washington D.C. and the story was based on the written account in the Daily Caller by Sharon Slater of Family Watch International who said she discovered the controversial brochure on a table in the back of the room after the girl's workshop.

The brochure in question is called "Healthy, Happy and Hot - a Young Person's' Guide to Their Rights, Sexuality and Living with HIV" and is a sort of primer for young single or married people who living with AIDS or HIV.

A spokesperson for The Girls Scouts of the USA told TruthOrFiction.Com, however, that the allegations that the brochure was a part of the Girl Scouts meeting are false.

The spokesperson confirmed that there was an event in 2010 at the United Nations where members of the Girl Scouts organization were in attendance for a workshop hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, UNICEF's Working Group on Girls, Girls Learn International and The Grail but no one was handed any brochures on sexuality or by Planned Parenthood.

The Girl Scouts of the USA sent us this statement:

Last year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was honored to attend and participate in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, where girls were encouraged to take action on global issues concerning women and girls. Our participation in that conference was recently the subject of numerous internet stories and blogs that are factually inaccurate and troubling. Here are the facts of that meeting:

* The Girls Only Workshop was jointly hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, UNICEF's Working Group on Girls, Girls Learn International and The Grail. The meeting was only open to the girls and participating sponsors.

* Only seven adults were in the room at the time of the meeting, each representing one of the sponsors of the event. No one from Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute was in the room to report on the event.

* 30 - 35 girls from across the world participated in this event. All teenagers.

* The girls received a copy of the only document they were working on titled ("The Girls' Statement"). No other documents were given to the girls as part of this event.

* The room in question was also used to host other events over the course of the multi-day conference. Prior to our girls entering the room, we did not "sanitize' the room to ensure that no trash or other items were left behind. We did request that those not associated with the sponsors leave the room prior to our session.

* The Girl Scouts of the USA was not contacted by Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) regarding its initial story to discuss the facts of this event. Had they applied these basic journalistic standards, perhaps the true details of this event would have been reported.

Our Mission in Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character - who make the world a better place. We continue to be proud of our girls and look forward to showing the world what our girls can do. We thank everyone for their support of Girl Scouting.

The spokesperson also added that "Girl Scouts does not take a position on abortion or birth control. The national umbrella organization, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood on a national level and does not plan to have one."

updated 02/10/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Girl Scouts Distribute Planned Parenthood Sex Guide at UN Meeting
By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations this week where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” The event was part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which concludes this week.

The brochure, aimed at young people living with HIV, contains explicit and graphic details on sex, as well as the promotion of casual sex in many forms. The brochure claims, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” The brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.”

The brochure also tells students that national laws requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their status to their partner(s) “violate the rights of people living with HIV” and calls for advocacy to “change laws that violate your rights.” It explains, “There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. … They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender.”

The Girl Scouts, along with the YMCA have been co-moderating a young women’s caucus that included an “Intergenerational Conversation” side event on “universal access” and “reproductive health.” One recent Girl Scout project “aims at securing the right of women, men and adolescents aged between ten and twenty-five, to better reproductive and sexual health.”

Also at CSW last week, the heads of various powerful UN agencies including the UN Population Fund, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children's Fund and the World Health Organization released a “UN Joint Statement” under the name of the “UN Adolescent Girls Task Force,” which calls for their agencies to promote and support programs “that empower … adolescent girls, particularly those aged 10 to 14 years.” One of the chief priorities for empowerment is ensuring access to “life-skills based sexuality education, HIV prevention, and sexual and reproductive health.”

The New York Times recently reported that UN Population Fund had co-sponsored a very controversial curriculum with UNESCO, that included teaching children as young as five to be sexually active and training adolescents to advocate for abortion.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women of America told the Friday Fax, “Governments and NGOs should be aware of Planned Parenthood’s insidious plan to work with UN agencies and girls’ organizations in order to profit from encouraging kids to be sexually active.”

 


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