John Leo

The leftward migration of the Girl Scouts came to light with the recent flap over the cozy relationship between Planned Parenthood and the Bluebonnet scout council in Waco, Texas. The council gave a "woman of distinction" award to the local chief of Planned Parenthood, who runs an abortion clinic in Waco, thus dragging the local scouts into the abortion wars on the pro-abortion side. The Bluebonnet council also endorsed and helped to staff Planned Parenthood's "Nobody's Fool," an annual half-day sex-ed program. The program uses a booklet, "It's Perfectly Normal" offering sympathetic treatment of abortion, masturbation and homosexuality. The booklet lists nine reasons for having an abortion, including "the female feels she was not ready to become pregnant" and "The female did not intend or want to become pregnant." The Waco council unendorsed the sex program, quieting protests, but the national CEO f the Girl Scouts, Kathy Cloninger, said on NBC that the scouts conduct many programs with Planned Parenthood around the country and would continue them.

Leo's amendment to O'Sullivan's First Law: any organization with "women" or "girls" in its title will tend to become part of the cultural left in general and the abortion lobby in particular.

United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations are increasingly part of the feminist left and the abortion lobby too, regardless of their actual mandate. UNESCO declared that "Governments should make abortion legal, safe and affordable," prompting Tommy Thompson, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to send the organization a letter asking what abortion has to do with UNESCO's mission to promote education, science and culture.

UNICEF, the UN's child agency, sailed off in a new direction under executive director Carol Bellamy, a New York feminist activist. The previous director, Jim Grant, steered clear of controversy and saved the lives of up to 25 million children by focusing of children's diseases and their causes. In Bellamy's regime, sexual issues and feminist perspectives are dominant and boys get little attention. Bellamy has been careful to avoid UNICEF approval of abortions, but critics point out that UNICEF has endorsed, and helped write, statements calling for the legalization of abortion and for an increase in access to abortion.

If you?re tempted to support any of these groups, it's best to remember O'Sullivan's First Law and find out what they really stand for.

John Leo

John Leo is editor of and a former contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report.

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