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Girl Scout cookie sales increase locally despite pro-life boycott

Posted: Updated: Apr 10, 2014 08:30 PM
MADISON (WKOW) -- The local Girl Scouts sold a record number of cookies during the recent six-week, yearly sale despite a boycott by pro-life groups.

The 2014 cookie sale ran from February 8 through last week. Marci Henderson, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland Council, said her girls sold more than 1.4-million boxes of cookies.

That's roughly 11-thousand more than was sold during the last Girl Scout cookie sale in 2012. The Badgerland Council spans 24 counties and includes more than 12,500 girls.

"It was the most successful sale in the history of the Badgerland Council," Henderson said.

Henderson did not offer an opinion as to whether the boycott energized Girl Scout supporters and helped to boost sales.

"I think it's regrettable that any group would try to politicize something like a Girl Scout organization," she said.

"We're an organization that does not take a stance on social issues like that, believing it's best left up to parents," Henderson said.

A February 3, 2014 post on Pro-Life Wisconsin's website, told readers to "think twice" before buying Girl Scout cookies.

"While some local troops' activities may be wholesome, sadly, Girl Scouts USA promotes radically anti-life women, such as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, as role models, regularly partners with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood for "educational" activities, and encourages girls to fight for abortion on demand," the post said.

Pro-Life Wisconsin was not the only anti-abortion group to support a boycott of the cookie sale.

The 'CookieCott 2014' boycott was backed by several, pro-life groups across the country. It encouraged those who supported the boycott to hand out a flier detailing accusations that the Girl Scouts have ties to pro-choice figures and organizations.

Neither an email or phone call to Pro-Life Wisconsin seeking comment for this story Thursday were returned.

Henderson said she hoped the boycott gave her organization a platform to promote its goals.

"The cookie program is a wonderful opportunity for girls to learn money making skills and financial literacy," she said.

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