THE NATURE OF PRO-LIFE
1. Direct threats to human life include first of all abortion, which
the lives of well over a million US children annually; embryonic
harvesting; euthanasia; and cloning. Additional threats to human
include poverty, capital punishment, racism, war, nuclear arms
proliferation and exploitation. Since each and every human being is
unique and important, one's personhood or worth should not be
determined by another's choice. No one exists solely as a means to
someone else's happiness. The choices we make, as individuals and as
society, must be weighed in light of their impact on human life and
dignity. Do you acknowledge both the breadth of pro life issues, and
primacy of some of those issues, namely abortion, embryonic stem
harvesting, euthanasia, and cloning?
2. Do you believe that a unique human life begins at conception?
3. The 14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person
life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to
person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion
personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course,
the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by
[14th] Amendment." The Court regrettably concluded though that "we
not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those
in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology
unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in
development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as
the answer." Do you believe that the State has a compelling interest
protecting human life beginning at conception?
I believe the basic role of the state is to protect the basic God
rights which include life, liberty and the pursuit of
4. Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever
permissible? Check all that apply:
_____ No, it's never permissible
___X__ Yes, to save mother's life
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
____ Yes, for physical deformity _____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish spouse
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS
5. Do you oppose federal funding for embryonic stem cell research or
I oppose federal funding of research that has proven to not be
when there is a better alternative that doesn't involve Human
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION
6. Peer reviewed studies have shown that parental involvement laws
the occurrence of risky sex in teens, and more than 30 states
have some form of them. Either the teen refrains from engaging in
is more careful before having sex. These laws help teen mothers and
fathers get the support and guidance they need from parents in this
important decision. Not having them risks parental estrangement or
alienation from the child when in the greatest need and denies the
of the family. Minors already must have parental approval for even
most minor types of medical procedures or medications and should
the complex procedure of abortion. Without parental involvement, a
impregnated by an adult often times is pressured into having an
so as to conceal the fact that the adult is guilty of statutory
you support parental involvement laws (with judicial override) for
when seeking an abortion?
Yes I support parental notification with at least 24 hours waiting
PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE
7. Washington State Initiative 1000 which was passed in 2008,
Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) by allowing doctors to prescribe
doses of barbiturates to certain patients. The objection to this
sanctioning of suicide is that some vulnerable persons, such as
are feeble, depressed, mentally ill, or handicapped, will likely
experience coercion to end their lives. For them a right to die,
protected in the Natural Death Act, (RCW 70.122), may become a duty
die. The American Medical Association (policy H-140.952) as well as
Washington State Medical Association (2007 Resolution A-7) oppose
The AMA states that "physician assisted suicide is fundamentally
inconsistent with the physician's professional role." The initiative
vague language that enable doctors "acting in good faith" to assist
mentally ill or depressed patients to commit suicide, while
doctors from civil and criminal lawsuits. Health care insurers can
costs by providing prescriptions for suicide. Will society's
suicide have unintended consequences? Sponsor and former governor
Gardner says that this is only a “first step” in legalizing assisted
suicide for anyone who wants it. When society fails to protect
people in their troubles, but instead offers them the violence of
has not society abandoned them? Do you oppose the availability of
physician assisted suicide?
Yes, I believe in following the natural course as God intended.
8. Children develop best within the context of a biologically
family. This is a scientifically proven fact which the Washington
Supreme Court referenced when in 2006, it ruled on the state's 1998
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court determined that the
limitation of marriage to heterosexual couples "is constitutional
the legislature was entitled to believe that limiting marriage to
opposite-sex couples furthers ... the well-being of children by
encouraging families where children are reared in homes headed by
children’s biological parents." In concurrence, Justice James
wrote "The unique and binary biological nature of marriage and its
exclusive link with procreation and responsible child rearing has
the institution [of marriage in law]." In order to affirm and
children’s rights and the primacy of those rights over adults’
for novel family forms, do you oppose laws that change the
marriage to include homosexual and polygamous relationships?
Yes. I oppose having Holy Matrimony be made by the state to include
sex relationships. Marriage was ordained by God and not to be messed
by any civil authority.
MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES
9. "The trend toward accepting the termination of some human lives
normal part of medicine is accelerating ... Courts, policymakers,
leaders - even the elites of organized medicine - increasingly
patient rights and respect for patients’ choices should trump the
consciences of medical professionals. Indeed, the time may soon
when doctors, nurses, and pharmacists will be compelled to take, or
complicit in the taking of, human life, regardless of their strong
religious or moral objections thereto." (Westlie J. Smith, 2009).
doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals be
the right to refuse participation in the provision of medical
that violate the person's moral, ethical or religious beliefs?
Absolutely. Freedom of religion is in the Bill of Rights. No one
forced to go against their religious beliefs.
PUBLIC SCHOOL SEX EDUCATION
10. The typical comprehensive sex education program spends as little
of the time teaching abstinence principles (Zogby 3/27/07), instead
spending significantly more time teaching students how to put
models of male genitalia and promoting alternative forms of sexual
activity called outercourse, which may include showering together
mutual masturbation as effective ways to avoid pregnancy and
contrast, an emphasis on abstinence means teaching students about
healthy relationships and bolstering self worth and self-control. Do
support only sex education that is wholesome, not dehumanizing and
Yes. I support abstinence based sex education.
11. The death penalty in the United States should:
_____ not be used ___X__ be used about the same
_____ be used less _____ be used more
12. A proposed casino off I-5 near Ridgefield is projected to be one
the largest in the nation. What is your position on the building of
Gambling is proven to be destructive to society and families and
attracts undesirable elements to a community. If people chose to
they can travel to Nevada or other Casinos already serving the
want to keep Clark County family friendly.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
13. Please state your qualifications for office such as
educational, family and community accomplishments. You may also add
any further comments regarding the relationship of your candidacy to
respect life issues.
From my website.
Peter Van Nortwick is a 3rd generation Washingtonian. He is a
the University Of Washington and an Alumni of Seattle University and
University of Colorado’s Graduate Schools of Business. Peter has
around the world on the start up of telecom companies, including
U S West Cellular, now Verizon, Time Warner Communications and
Praha. Peter first came to Vancouver, WA in 1996 as a Product
Electric Lightwave. Peter has lectured internationally at trade
and been a guest lecturer at Seattle University and Portland State
Peter is a Certified General Appraiser, the highest level of
is the Managing Partner of American Commercial and Residential
His appraisal experience includes residential, commercial,
and agricultural appraisals. He has experience appraising properties
worth tens of millions of dollars and providing expert witness
He is also an FHA appraiser, a member of the Clark County
Realtors and The Appraisal Institute. He is a past board member on
Building Industry Association’s Build the Vote Political Action
and a member of the Leadership Clark County class of 2009-2010.
Peter resides in unincorporated Vancouver with his wife Kate, his
daughters and his step-son. Peter’s wife Kate is the General Manager
the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Hillsboro. His oldest daughter
is in 8th grade at the Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics,
youngest daughter Hanna is a 5th grader in the challenge program at
Elementary. His step-son Brian is a freshman at Prairie High School.
Peter is very active in girl’s basketball in Clark County including
experience as a coach for the YMCA.
Peter is well entrenched in the Clark County business community and
understands the struggles facing our families.
WEBSITE POSTING PERMISSION
14. May LifePac post your survey response on its website?