October 14, 2005
Values of the dolls
My daughter is not going to be happy about this:
NEW YORK (AP) - American Girl, manufacturer of a highly popular line of dolls and children’s books, has become the target of conservative activists threatening a boycott unless the toy maker cuts off contributions to a youth organization that supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians.
The protest is directed at an ongoing American Girl campaign in which proceeds from sales of a special “I Can” wristband help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization which describes its mission as “inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold.”
… The Mississippi-based American Family Association, in a campaign launched Wednesday, is urging its members to demand that American Girl halt support for Girls Inc., which it called “a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group.”
… The Pro-Life Action League, a Chicago-based anti-abortion group, also is asking supporters to contact American Girl to express dismay. […] “Parents need to know that this effort to promote self-esteem among girls is not as innocent as it seems,” [director Ann] Scheidler said. “While Girls Inc. has some good programs, they also support abortion, oppose abstinence-only education for girls, and condone lesbianism.”
… Girls Inc., which traces its roots back to a center founded in Waterbury, Conn., in 1864, serves about 800,000 girls a year, many of them black or Hispanic and most from low-income families.
… Joyce Roche, the president of Girls Inc., said the New York-based organization had never before been targeted by a protest campaign. “We were taken aback,” she said in a telephone interview Friday. “Our programs are well-respected. We’re all about helping girls see possibilities and dream big dreams.”
The AFA’s Randy Sharp noted that it was “very troubling” that American Girl was teaming up with an organization that supports “the very things we oppose.”
Now read the last two paragraphs of quoted text again.
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