'Cookiecott' 2014 blamed for slow Girl Scout cookie sales


Girl Scout officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin say a coordinated, nationwide boycott of Girl Scout cookies by groups opposed to abortion is taking a toll on sales.

The cookie boycott, originally organized by an organization called Pro-Life Waco, has now been joined by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and LifeNews.com, a news service for abortion opponents, among other groups, USA Today reports.

The "Cookiecott" is the latest attempt to retaliate against the Girl Scouts organization for its perceived connections with Planned Parenthood and abortion rights.

On its website Girls Scouts of the USA says it does not take a position onhuman sexuality, birth control or abortion.

Girl Scouts launched in 1912 in Georgia and began selling cookies in 1917. Girl Scouts of the USA now sells 200 million boxes a year, with roughly $700 million in sales, Politico Magazine reports.

But as Hometown Source reports, Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Girl Scout cookie sales are slower than normal in some areas.

Girl Scout River Valley officials sent a letter to families and friends of the Girl Scouts of the River Valleys regarding the boycott.

The letter said “The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission. We are dismayed that groups and individuals would use our brand to advance their own agendas. These actions divert time and energy from our mission and have the potential to hurt our girls.”

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys serves about 40,000 girls in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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