The American Heritage Girls, a Christian alternative to The Girl Scouts, is continuing to expand across the U.S. and the world, taking up the pro-life cause where others have not.
“They (The Girl Scouts) say they take no position and when one takes no position, they do take a position. That’s a concern for me as a leader of a girls organization,” said Patti Garibay, executive director of American Heritage Girls, in an interview with TheBlaze on Wednesday (Feb. 12). “These are issues that girls do have to deal with – and if you’re going to be a character-driven program … [abortion] is an issue that we can’t just sweep under the carpet.”
The group has grown in membership more than 40 percent in the past few years, with its 32,000 members spread across all 50 states and 14 countries. The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, while much larger in terms of membership, has seen a drop from 2.8 million members in 2003 to 2.2 million in 2013.
Janice Crouse, senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, told The Christian Post in an October 2013 interview that the decline in The Girl Scouts membership when it comes to Christians is due to its policy on sexual morality, which focuses on self-discovery and protection rather than abstention.
“The Girl Scouts for a long time have been promoting an agenda that is contrary to what they were 10, 15 years ago,” Crouse said.
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