Full statement from Jan Barker, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan:
"Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan would like to provide true and accurate information about the organization we are a part of. Girl Scouts is a non-profit organization with a century-long history of providing girls with the skills they need to become our next generation of leaders. This is our mission and focus and we have made a conscious decision to stay out of the political realm. The bottom line is that we do not advocate for or endorse any political figures or political parties. We also do not advocate for or take a position on reproductive issues. Our organization has always and continues to believe that these issues are best addressed through discussions involving girls and their families. Our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. Our girls develop these life skills in many ways including our Cookie Program which is designed to teach them goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. We are extremely proud of the great work Girl Scouts do in their communities with the money they earn from selling cookies. We hope you will continue to partner with us to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The head of a large group of Girl Scouts organizations in Michigan says statements from an anti-abortion group in Wisconsin are not true. In a statement sent to WILX, Jan Barker, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, representing Girl Scout organizations in 34 counties in Michigan, says the Girl Scouts "do not advocate for or endorse any political figures or political parties. We also do not advocate for or take a position on reproductive issues."
Earlier this week the group Pro-LIfe Wisconsin sent out a newsletter, asking its members to not support the Girl Scouts and their cookie sales. They say the organization is sending the wrong message to young girls. The newsletter states that the Girl Scouts organization is too closely linked to quote "pro-abortion women." The letter also claims only 15 percent of the money from local cookies sales goes to the troop... And that the rest goes to the regional and national levels. But the local Badgerland council says all the money raised locally from cookie sales stays local.