More Christian churches and families are reportedly severing their ties with the Girl Scouts because of the organization's link with abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
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In 2015, Dallas News reported that the number of Girl Scouts' members and its funding have gone down by from 3.8 million in 2003 to 1.88 million in 2015, based on data provided to The Associated Press. However, the report did not specify how the organization's connection with Planned Parenthood has affected the figures, Life News notes.
Nevertheless, there were numerous incidents in which Christians have urged people to break ties with the Girl Scouts over its abortion links. Earlier this month, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced that it will stop hosting Girl Scout troops and that its parishes are going to shift to American Heritage Girls troops because it teaches Christian values.
In 2016, St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Robert J. Carlson urged the faithful to switch to alternatives to the Girl Scouts, citing its connection with Planned Parenthood. In 2012, the AP ran a story about the Catholic bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth's investigation into the organization's "problematic" materials and links with other groups.
The exodus of Christians from the Girl Scouts goes back all the way to 2004. At the time, a Texas-based Catholic bishop warned against associating with the Girl Scouts after a troop in Austin sponsored a Planned Parenthood conference which tackled sexual education.
Meanwhile, churches have also severed ties with the Boy Scouts of America after it announced the inclusion of transgender scouts in its troops. Just last month, Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of North Carolina announced that it will stop hosting its local Scout Troop because it cannot "partner with an organization that embraces what God's Word clearly labels as sin," the Christian Broadcasting Network relays.
Despite the announcement, the church will allow the Boy Scout troop to use its facility until the end of 2017 to give them time to find another host.