2011 School Board Survey
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AN ETHIC OF LIFE IN PUBLIC
1. Does a school district
have a responsibility to teach students a consistent ethic regarding respect for
all human life?
A consistent ethic of life addresses first
abortion as well as other issues such as end of life care, poverty, crime, capital
punishment, war, racism, nuclear arms and exploitation. Each and
every human being is unique and important, no person is defined by someone
else's choices, and no one exists solely as a means to someone else's happiness.
The choices we make, as individuals and as a society, must be weighed in light
of their impact on human life and dignity. Do school districts have
a responsibility to teach students a consistent ethic
regarding respect for all human life?
2. The Washington State Legislature passed
5297 in 2007 requiring school districts to teach "scientifically accurate"
(aka comprehensive) sex education, if
they teach sex ed at all. The typical comprehensive sex education program
spends as little as 5% of the time teaching abstinence principles (Zogby 3/27/07), instead
spending significantly more time teaching students how to put condoms on
models of male genitalia and promoting alternative forms of sexual activity
called outercourse, which may include showering together and mutual masturbation
as effective ways to avoid pregnancy and disease. In contrast, an emphasis
on abstinence means teaching students about building healthy relationships and
bolstering self worth and self-control. Will you as a board member
promote an emphasis
on building abstinence and relationship skills in any sex ed program used, and oppose to the
promotion of sexual experimentation?
professionals involved in the abortion issue both for and against,
there is general
agreement that life begins at conception. This includes even the most
prominent proponents of abortion rights. Given this
general agreement, should your district's scientifically accurate sex education
program teach students that human life begins at conception and that abortion
kills a human being?
4. Should school board policy allow the on-site dispensing
of birth control drugs or devices, give abortion counseling, or provide referrals to off-site
A 2010 incident that received widespread news coverage
involved a Seattle
area in-school clinic that set up an abortion for a 15-year-old high school
student with neither her parents’ knowledge nor consent.
5. The 14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person of
life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Supreme
Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion of personhood is
established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to
life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." The
Court regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the difficult
question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines
of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the
judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a
position to speculate as to the answer."
Do you believe that
life begins at conception and that the "right to life" of the fetus is
"guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment"?
Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion
ever permissible? Check all that apply:
_____ No, it's never permissible
_____ Yes, to save mother's life
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
_____ Yes, for physical
_____ Yes, for genetic
_____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
for economic hardship
_____ Yes, to punish
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
7. Do you support
parental notification and/or consent before a minor (under 18 years of
age) could have an abortion? A judicial bypass of parents would be allowed
8. Should your district partner in any way with the nation's biggest
abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, who received
dollars in governmental grants and contracts
and aborted 332,278
babies? Planned Parenthood was also found by
the State of
Washington in 2010 to have overbilled the state and was required to repay
Should Planned Parenthood be allowed to make
presentations to students or provide literature, birth control chemicals or
devises, or abortion services?
9. The Supreme Court in
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris
(2002), held that Ohio's school voucher law did not
violate the First Amendment's establishment clause. It states "the
Ohio program is entirely neutral with respect to religion. It provides
benefits directly to a wide spectrum of individuals, defined only by
financial need and residence in a particular school district. It permits
such individuals to exercise genuine choice among options public and
private, secular and religious. The program is therefore a program of
true private choice" and "the program does not offend the Establishment
Blaine Amendments, as both Ohio and Washington
State have, can permit school vouchers at times because State funds go to
parents who "exercise genuine choice" in choosing where the voucher will
be used at. What is your position regarding the use of school
vouchers or other school choice options in Washington State?
10. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education
and other qualifications for a school board position.
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