After reviewing the financial report and who has contributed to Girls, Inc., I have drafted the following letter:
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
RE: Your financial support of Girls, Inc.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Girls, Inc. makes their Annual Financial Report available on their website. Upon reviewing the 2004 Annual Report, I note that National Geographic is one of many contributors to this organization. I am very saddened to learn this information. I only hope that you have been mislead by Girls Inc. and what they fully represent.
Girls, Inc. does seem to have some wonderful programs for pre-teen and teenage girls when it comes to self-image and self-esteem; however, it was recently learned that Girls, Inc. supports the decision handed down in the case of Roe v. Wade. While they do not overlook teaching abstinence to these young girls, they believe abortion is an option as a birth control method.
Girls, Inc. defends its position by stating the following:
"Girls Incorporated affirms that girls and young women should make responsible decisions about sexuality, pregnancy and parenthood.
We recognize the right of all women to choose whether, when, and under what circumstances to bear children. Reproductive freedom and responsibility are essential to other rights and opportunities, including pursuit of education, employment, financial security and a stable and fulfilling family life. Restrictions of reproductive choice are especially burdensome for young women and poor women. Girls Incorporated supports a woman’s freedom of choice, a constitutional right established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe vs. Wade. [Emphasis added]."
Girls, Inc. is handing out this information to girls as young as 10 years old. Since when is a 10 year old considered a “woman”? As the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, this appalls me to no end.
Recently, American Girl’s association with Girls, Inc. has hit the national news. If National Geographic is not aware of this, please refer to renewamerica.us/columns/abbott/051021 and abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1214341.
The association between American Girl and Girls, Inc. has really upset parents and regular customers of American Girl as American Girl claims they present a wholesome, don’t let the girls grow up too fast, image. However, their association with Girls, Inc. has let many down, especially since they refuse to reconsider their association with Girls, Inc.
I hope that National Geographic will reconsider its financial position with support to Girls, Inc. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
While this is directed solely at National Geographic, I will use this as a basis for each letter I send. Please join me in continuing this crusade. No one said change was going to be easy, but if we stick together, persevere through thick and thin, we will effect change.