Morris Doubles Down on Girl Scouts Criticism

By Katrina Helmer
By Stephanie Parkinson
By Max Resnik

February 21, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Fort Wayne lawmaker Bob Morris told INC he is still refusing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, calling the group a "radicalized organization" that supports abortion and promotes the "homosexual lifestyle."

In an interview conducted by WRTV6 in Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, Morris says he and his wife performed web-based research supporting their position on the Girl Scouts.

“What I suggest and urge parents to do is do their own research. That's what my wife and I did. Do your own research of the Girl Scouts. My family pulled my two girls out of Girl Scouts yesterday and we're going to put them in American Heritage Girl Little Flowers organization. That's what my family stands for,” said Morris.

According to our partners in news at the Journal Gazette, Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, sent a letter to his fellow House Republicans on Saturday explaining why he would be the only member in the House not to endorse the nonbinding resolution.

“If the freshman representative wishes to discredit the contributions that hundreds of thousands of Indiana women and girls have made through the Girl Scouts program over the last 100 years, then he’s entitled to his opinion,” said Michelle Tompkins, Media Relations, Girl Scouts of America. “We believe that leadership is about hearing from all sides of an issue before making up one’s mind. We only wish we had the chance to speak with Freshman Representative before he distributed his letter,” said Tompkins.

Morris told Indiana's NewsCenter Monday night that the letter was only intended for his colleagues and that it was leaked to the media.

He said that the letter was a compilation of some web-based research he did on the Girl Scouts and their connection to Planned Parenthood. According to Morris, a constituent informed him that the Girl Scouts have questionable foundations. Morris said that after he googled Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood, "his eyes were opened." Morris believes that the Girl Scouts are a puppet of Planned Parenthood, allows transgender females to join and openly encourages sex.

"They say they've researched them, well, they are not researched. These are things that could have been found out by making a phone call to their own community, to his own community in his own district. Instead of doing that, he thought it better to put forth misleading and inaccurate information and that's disappointing," said Jon Mills, Planned Parenthood Indiana.

Morris claims Planned Parenthood's tactic is to sexualize young girls through the Girl Scout program. He says a pamphlet called 'Happy, Healthy and Hot' was used last year by the Girl Scouts of America. He claims that pamphlet teaches young girls about exploring different ways to have sex.

Mills says the pamphlet has not been used by Planned Parenthood in many years. He also says the pamphlets were created to guide young adults living with HIV and were not targeted toward young girls.

In the letter, Morris also said the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama is honorary president "should give each of us reason to pause before our individual and collective endorsement of the organization."

“Not only is Rep. Morris off the mark on his claims, it’s also unfortunate in his limited research that he failed to discover that since 1917, every First Lady has served as the honorary leader of Girl Scouts including Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush,” said Tompkins.

He told INC that he has two daughters in the Girl Scouts. And then he corrected himself and said, "Excuse me, I HAD two daughter in Girl Scouts."

The resolution was passed last week in Indiana. At that time a group of Girl Scouts from across the state were honored at the Statehouse.

“We are grateful to the entire Indiana State Legislature for unanimously voting in favor of our 100th Anniversary resolution last week and for recognizing the great contributions members of Girl Scouts have made in our communities for nearly a century,” said Tompkins.

Currently, Morris is the only representative who will not sign the resolution. Morris said that legislation is coming forward to address this topic and that there could be discussions as early as Tuesday.

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