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

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

Summary of 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