Biting through the chocolaty coating of a crumbly Thin Mint isn't just a sweet treat any more, now it is a political statement.
Anti-abortion groups are launching an all-out ban on Girl Scout cookies in what is being called "CookieCott 2014." On the website highlighting the movement, a giant and sad photo of a little girl crying with pigtails, outlines the reason to stand firm against Samoas.
The movement is being led by John Pisciotta, the director of Pro-Life Waco, in Texas.
Now, other anti-abortion groups are behind him. The most recent attack comes after the Girl Scouts tweeted out a segment from HuffPost Live in December. The Girl Scouts tweeted "Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women of the Year For 2013." The panelists on the HuffPost Live segment discussed women like Beyonce and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai. Yet, it was the brief comments they made about Wendy Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, that irked the anti-abortion groups. Davis made headlines in 2013 when she temporarily blocked an abortion restriction bill in Texas using an 11-hour filibuster.
"It was not explicit," Pisciotta says. "But what an organization does in their unguarded moments is very revealing."
This isn't the first time anti-abortion groups have lashed out against the Girl Scouts. The anti-abortion groups have long been opposed to what they categorize as the Girl Scouts "relationship with Planned Parenthood."
In 2004, Pisciotta led a similar effort to stop locals from buying the cookies because he says a local group was teaming up with Planned Parenthood.
"We encourage women to shop their values," says Penny Nance, president and CEO of the conservative Concerned Women for America. "The Girl Scouts of America went off track years ago, and I turned in my sash in response. Their alliance with Planned Parenthood and the left is not new."
On their website, the Girl Scouts disputes those claims.
"Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood," they write.
On the Girl Scout's website, the organization explicitly states it does not take a stance on abortion or sexuality either.
CookieCott supporters say it is more than just Planned Parenthood and Davis. They are boycotting the Girl Scouts because of its involvement with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which is a coalition of groups who support women empowerment across the globe. The Girl Scouts pays to be a part of the organization along with dozens of other groups. At the World Youth Conference in 2010 WAGGS asked for "comprehensive sexuality education" including giving women access to "contraceptives and safe abortion."
The CookieCott has spurred a conservative media frenzy. Fox News launched a segment in January calling attention to the topic.
"They should stick to the cookies and not the tweeting because it has not worked well for them," Fox News host Megyn Kelly said.
Corrected on Feb 3, 2014:
An image previously posted with the Girl
Scouts service mark inadvertently implied a political endorsement.