INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Undaunted by a day of ridicule from the leader of his
own party, an Indiana lawmaker said Tuesday he’s standing by his allegations
that the Girl Scouts is a radical organization that promotes abortions and
Both the scouts and Planned Parenthood dismissed Rep. Bob Morris’ comments
as absurd, as did Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma. But the Fort Wayne
Republican told The Associated Press his critics need to do more research
into the 100-year-old scouting organization.
"My family and I took a view and we’re sticking by it,” Morris said, adding
that his daughters were joining an alternative group for young girls run by
conservative Christians. “My girls are no longer Girl Scouts. They’re now
going to join American Heritage Girls.”
Morris’ comments were the butt of jokes inside the House on Tuesday, with
Bosma spending much of the day handing out Thin Mints to lawmakers. He joked
that Morris’ comments led him to buy hundreds of cases of the famous Girl
“I purchased 278 cases of Girl Scout cookies in the last four hours,” said a
clearly sarcastic Bosma, who closed Tuesday’s session by asking the former
Girl Scouts in the chamber to stand up.
Morris’ comments about the Girl Scouts came in a letter he sent to House
Republicans on Saturday that accused the scouts of being a “tactical arm” of
Planned Parenthood. The Girl Scouts flatly denied Morris’ charges, and
Planned Parenthood of Indiana issued a separate statement calling Morris’
charges “woefully inaccurate.”
"On the national level, inflammatory and generally inaccurate claims about a
partnership between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood have been
promoted primarily by anti-choice lawmakers seeking to place pressure on
organizations to disassociate or distance themselves from Planned
Parenthood,” Betty Cockrum, the chief executive of Planned Parenthood of
Indiana, said in a statement.
Morris, in his letter to lawmakers, said some Christian conservatives who
share his concerns have pulled their children out of Girl Scouts. He also
pointed to a Colorado Girl Scout troop’s acceptance of a transgender child
as another reason to leave the group.