THE NATURE OF PRO-LIFE ISSUES
1. Direct threats to human
life include first of all abortion, which takes the lives of
well over a million US children annually; embryonic stem
cell harvesting; euthanasia; and cloning. Additional
threats to human life 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 arbitrarily
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 a 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
the primacy of some of those issues, namely abortion,
embryonic stem cell harvesting, euthanasia, and cloning?
2. Do you believe that a unique human life begins at
If not, when? ___ 3 mths ___
6 mths ___ 9 mths ___ 1 yr
___ 18 yrs?
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 Court in
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 the State has a compelling interest in
protecting human life beginning at conception?
4. Is taking the life of a pre-born child through
abortion ever morally 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 deformity
_____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish spouse
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND CLONING
5. Do you oppose
embryonic stem cell research or human cloning, whether
publically or privately funded?
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN MINORS' ABORTIONS
reviewed scientific studies have shown that family
involvement laws reduce the occurrence of risky sex in
teens, and more than 30 states currently have some form of
them. Either the teen refrains from engaging in sex or 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 dignity of the
family. Minors already must have parental approval for even
the most minor types of medical procedures or medications
and should also for the complex procedure of abortion.
Without family involvement, a minor impregnated by an adult
often times is pressured into having an abortion so as to
conceal the fact that the adult is guilty of statutory
Do you support family involvement laws (with judicial
override) for minors when seeking an abortion?
PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE
State Initiative 1000 which was
passed in 2008, legalized Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS)
by allowing doctors to prescribe lethal doses of
barbiturates to certain patients. One objection to this
sanctioning of suicide is that some vulnerable persons, such
as those who are feeble, depressed, mentally ill, or
handicapped, will likely experience coercion to end their
lives. For them a right to die, already protected in the
Natural Death Act, (RCW
70.122), may become a duty to die. The American
Medical Association (policy H-140.952)
as well as the Washington State Medical Association (2007
Resolution A-7) oppose PAS. The AMA states that
"physician assisted suicide is fundamentally inconsistent
with the physician's professional role." The initiative uses
vague language that enable doctors "acting in good faith" to
assist mentally ill or depressed patients to commit suicide,
while protecting doctors from civil and criminal lawsuits.
Health care insurers can cut costs by providing
prescriptions for suicide. Will society's sanction of
suicide have unintended consequences? Sponsor and former
governor Booth Gardner says that this is only a “first step”
in legalizing assisted suicide for anyone who wants it. When
society fails to protect vulnerable people in their
troubles, but instead offers them the violence of suicide,
has not society abandoned them? Do
you oppose the availability of physician assisted suicide?
8. Children develop best within the context of a
biologically related family. This is a scientifically proven
fact which theWashington
State Supreme Court referenced when
in 2006, it ruled on the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage
Act (DOMA). The court determined that the state's limitation
of marriage to heterosexual couples "is constitutional
because 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 the children’s
biological parents." In concurrence, Justice
James Johnson wrote "The unique and
binary biological nature of marriage and its exclusive link
with procreation and responsible child rearing has defined
the institution [of marriage in law]." In
order to affirm and protect children’s rights and the
primacy of those rights over adults’ aspirations for novel
family forms, do you oppose laws that change the definition
of marriage to include homosexual and polygamous
MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES
9. "The trend toward accepting the termination of some human
lives as a normal part of medicine is accelerating ...
Courts, policymakers, media leaders - even the elites of
organized medicine - increasingly assert that patient rights
and respect for patients’ choices should trump the
consciences of medical professionals. Indeed, the time may
soon arrive when doctors, nurses, and pharmacists will be
compelled to take, or be complicit in the taking of, human
life, regardless of their strong religious or moral
objections thereto." (Westlie
J. Smith, 2009).Should
doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals
be granted the right to refuse participation in the
provision of medical services that violate the person's
moral, ethical or religious beliefs?
PUBLIC LIBRARY PORNOGRAPHY
In the US Supreme Court ruling
United States v. American Library
Association, Inc, 2003, which upheld the use of
library internet pornography filters, Chief Justice
Rehnquist stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their
traditional missions, public libraries must have broad
discretion to decide what material to provide to their
patrons. Although they seek to provide a wide array of
information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal
coverage,'" and "most libraries already exclude pornography
from their print collections because they deem it
inappropriate for inclusion."
Will you as a commissioner appoint and confirm only library
board candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in
public libraries, whether by internet or print materials?
REGULATION OF SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES
The U.S. Supreme Court in
Young v. American Mini Theaters, Inc.,
Renton v. Playtime Theater, Inc.,
(1986), concluded that municipalities have "substantial
governmental interests" in protecting and preserving the
quality of life for its community against the adverse
secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses while
allowing for "reasonable alternative avenues of
communication." Land Use Studies from cities around the
United States were cited in both U.S. Supreme Court cases
documenting the harmful secondary effects including 1.
Increased Crime - rape, sexual assault, prostitution and
illegal drug sales; 2. Decreased Property Values - both
residential and commercial; and 3. Urban Blight - people and
businesses fleeing the community. Will
you support municipalities that diligently seek and maintain
zoning ordinances, licensing procedures, permit requirements
and operational regulations which serve to minimize the
adverse secondary effects of Sexually Oriented Businesses?
PUBLIC SCHOOL SEX EDUCATION
12. 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. Do
you support only sex education that is wholesome, not
dehumanizing and truly safe?
Should Clark County partner in any way with the nation's
biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, who received
$350 million dollars in governmental
grants and contracts in recent years, and aborted
nearly 305,000 babies?
Should they be contracted with to make community
presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals
or devises, and/or abortion services?
A proposed casino off I-5 near
Ridgefield is projected to be one of the largest in the
nation. What is your position on the building of this
casino? Place an "X" on the line below:
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
15. "Religious communities are the largest and
best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the
allegiance of billions across race, class, and national
divides. These communities have particular cultural
understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help
where it is needed most" (World
Conference of Religions for Peace). Southwest
Washington has a broad range of religious communities that
contribute substantially to the welfare of families,
children, seniors, the homeless, sick, and refugees. They
are a highly valued part of our community which respects and
defends human life at every stage.
Are you an active member in a church, synagogue, temple,
mosque or other religious assembly?
Yes and a regular supporter of Open House Ministries, Shared
Hope and Kingsway Scholarship Funds.
If so, you may state here where at:
First Church of God
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
16. The Federal
Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships ensures that religious and other
community organizations are able to compete on an equal
footing for participation in Federal programs without
impairing the character of such organizations and without
diminishing the religious freedom of those served.
Do you agree that the federal Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships, in keeping with the First Amendment free
exercise clause, lawfully ensures fair treatment of faith
based charitable work and is it good for our community?
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
17. Please state your qualifications for office such as
professional, educational, family and community
accomplishments. You may also add any any further comments
regarding the relationship of your candidacy to respect life
Owned and operated my own business for 18 years,
served in the legislature for 8 years on the “Local
Government and Land Use Committee.” Now nearly
4 years as your County Commissioner.
18. Do you have a campaign website?
What is the address?
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