Some pro-life groups, upset over what they see as the Girl Scouts' support for abortion-rights advocates, are organizing a boycott of the scouts famous cookies.
The move, if successful, could have local implications. Girl Scout cookies are a big segment of the products made at the Interbake Foods plant in North Sioux City.
Organizations such as Pro-Life Waco and Pro-Life Wisconsin have taken issue with Girls Scouts of the USA tweets and Facebook posts linking to articles recognizing Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, also a Democrat.
Davis, who is running for Texas governor, rose to political stardom last year with a filibuster of a bill that banned abortion after 20 weeks and placed new restrictions on abortion providers. The bill later passed. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, also supports abortion rights.
The Girl Scouts do not endorse politicians or take stands on political issues, spokeswoman Kelly Parisi told the Associated Press Tuesday. The posts were meant to encourage people to get involved in discussions about the top newsmakers of 2013, which many people were referring to as the year of women, Parisi said.
As part of a 2005 expansion, Interbake, through its ABC Bakery division, shifted all of its Girl Scout cookie production to the North Sioux City plant at 1 Devils Food Drive. Interbake, owned by Toronto-based George Weston Ltd, produces more than 100 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies annually.