The Girl Scouts and that Explicit Sex Guide: C-FAM Reaffirms Report, Girl Scouts Deny

By John Jalsevac

Updated March 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm.

March 16, 2010 ( – Last week the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) issued a controversial report in its weekly Friday Fax, claiming that Planned Parenthood was permitted to distribute an explicit ‘sex guide’ at a closed-door, "no-adults-welcome" meeting at the UN sponsored by the Girl Scouts.

In an interview with (LSN) Tuesday, however, a representative of the Girl Scouts denied the story, saying that no such pamphlet was distributed or made available to the girls in the meeting, and that the only document that was present in the room was the document the girls were working on.

“I don’t even know if [the Planned Parenthood pamphlet] ever was in the room," said the spokesperson. "There’s no evidence to suggest it was in the room when the girls were in the room, or in the room ever.”

C-Fam in turn, however, has issued an update on the situation, saying that they stand by their story, and presented new evidence to back it up. In an interview with LSN, Austin Ruse, the President of C-Fam, charged the Scouts with "lying" in their denials, and pointed out that a "stack" of the Planned Parenthood brochures were found in the conference room where the Scouts' meeting took place, literally moments after the meeting broke up.

The Planned Parenthood guide in question tells young girls, “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, "Healthy, Happy and Hot," goes on to tell youth that laws requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their status to their partner(s) “violate the rights of people living with HIV.” It says, “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.”

But in an interview with LSN today Michelle Tompkins, a media spokesperson for the Girl Scouts, denied C-Fam's account of what happened, saying, "At no time did Girl Scouts give out anything.”  

Instead Tompkins suggested that the Planned Parenthood brochure may have been left behind by some prior meeting held in the room. "We do know that [the pamphlet] was not in there while the girls there, but the rooms were not 'sterilized' afterwards, and someone might have brought them in after," she said.

When asked point blank whether Planned Parenthood was involved with the Girl Scouts meeting in any way or was permitted to make materials available to the girls, Tompkins responded, "Not at all." 

"This is where there could be a gray area," she said. "When our girls arrived there was nothing there. Say she (the pro-life woman who found the pamphlet) came into the room an hour later, we had no say who came in there or left anything. The only material was that one form that the girls were working on themselves, in that meeting."

Austin Ruse, however, told LSN that the source for the story was Sharon Slater, a mother of seven and the president of the UN pro-family group Family Watch International. According to Slater's account, she was kicked out of the conference room when the meeting began, but she "waited around until the meeting was over, and when the doors opened she walked in and looked at the literature that was being passed out on the literature table." That's where she found the offending Planned Parenthood brochures.

Slater confirmed this account with LSN in an interview. She told LSN that she had targeted the Girl Scouts meeting specifically because she had heard that questionable things had happened in similar events last year. She also said that she obtained a draft document of the statement that the girls were working on in the meeting, which was to be read before the general assembly, and which had the girls "calling for more information on 'reproductive health.'" In UN-speak, "reproductive health" typically includes access to abortion.

Additionally, C-Fam has said that the idea that the Planned Parenthood pamphlet was simply left in the room from a prior meeting doesn’t hold water, since none of the four meetings that were held in the room earlier in the day had anything to do with adolescents – the very clear target of the sex guide.

After being told about this updated account by C-Fam and Slater of when and how the pamphlets were found, Tompkins responded simply, "We cannot verify that at all. That we would say is not true."  

Ruse countered, however, saying that the Scouts are "lying." "All I can say is that we stand by our story," he said.

In its update e-mail today, C-Fam said, “The Girl Scouts have an obligation to their members, to the girls and their parents to disassociate themselves from this dangerous Planned Parenthood sex guide for teenagers.”

This incident would not be the first time that the Girl Scouts have been involved with Planned Parenthood. C-Fam has compiled a brief document outlining some of the ways that Girl Scouts has been involved with Planned Parenthood. 

As one example, C-fam observes that in 2004 during an interview on the Today Show, Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger said that “we partner with many organizations.  We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

STORY: Cardinal Danneels warns African bishops to avoid ‘triumphalism’

“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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