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Alaska Republican Refuses To Honor Girl Scouts Because Of Internet Rumors That They Are Tied To Planned Parenthood

By Faiz Shakir on April 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

"Alaska Republican Refuses To Honor Girl Scouts Because Of Internet Rumors That They Are Tied To Planned Parenthood"

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Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla)

Last week, the Alaska legislature was set to take up and pass a presumably non-controversial resolution honoring the Girl Scouts for its 100 years of service. But Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla), vice chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, refused to give his assent.

Interrogating the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bettye Davis (D-Anchorage), Keller referenced “information that’s floating around the internet” to demand whether there’s a connection between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. “Is there not?” Keller wondered. “Frankly, I haven’t looked into it, but I see it’s out there. I just wondered if you want to make a statement on that.”

Davis was rightly bewildered by the false right-wing internet meme. “I would like for you to give the information you’re referring to because I don’t even know what you’re talking about,” Davis said. Keller proceeded to announce that “he was going to hold up the resolution until he got answers,” but he assured Davis he did not want to be “the death knell” for the resolution honoring the Girl Scouts. Watch the proceeding:

Since the initial dust-up, the Girl Scouts have issued a statement clarifying that they “take no position on the subjects of birth control or abortion,” and that “neither Girl Scouts of USA, nor Girl Scouts of Alaska has a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.” And Keller backtracked on the House floor, touting the Girl Scout’s “fantastic reputation.”

But even if the Girl Scouts were involved with Planned Parenthood — which, to be clear, they are not — why would that be grounds for rejecting a simple resolution honoring them for their service in developing young girls? Sadly, the Girl Scouts have become subjected to the right-wing war on women, in which advocacy for women’s health is cause for public shaming.

Update

Recall, Indiana state rep. Bob Morris was mocked earlier this year for refusing to honor the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary because he believes they are a “radicalized organization” that promotes homosexuality and abortion. Morris ended up apologizing.

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