Rightwing conservatives are taking aim at another cuddly, innocuous childhood icon, the popular American Girl dolls (and not because, in this picture, she looks so French). The American Family Association is urging a boycott of the manufacturer of the dolls because it donates to Girls Inc., a "youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold... [and to] confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives." But conservatives know it's really "a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group."
"Parents need to know that this effort to promote self-esteem among girls is not as innocent as it seems," says Ann Scheidler, head of The Pro-Life Action League. "While Girls Inc. has some good programs, they also support abortion, oppose abstinence-only education for girls, and condone lesbianism."