Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

Eileen Qutub (I)
Candidate for
Washington State Senate,
District 49

  Campaign Website  

2012 Survey Response:  

2012 State Questionnaire

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?  Yes


2. Do you believe that a unique human life begins at conception? 

     If not, when?  ___  3 mths  ___  6 mths  ___ 9 mths  ___  1 yr  ___ 18 yrs?


3. 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? Yes

4. Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever morally 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

5. Do you oppose embryonic stem cell research or human cloning, whether publically or privately funded? 


6. Peer reviewed studies have shown that parental 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 parental 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 rape.  Will you promote/support parental involvement laws (with judicial override) for minors when seeking an abortion?  Yes


7. "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?  Yes


8. Washington 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 in Washington State? Yes


9 Children develop best within the context of a biologically related family.  This is a scientifically proven fact which the Washington 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 relationships?  Yes


10. The Washington State Legislature in 2007 passed ESSB 5297 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.  Given that ESSB 5297 allows school districts a wide range in how the law is applied, will you work to maximize sex education that is wholesome, not dehumanizing and truly safe?  Yes

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 of the largest in the nation.  What is your position on the building of this casino? 

 I believe there are other forms of activities that would better serve the community and spur the economy.

13. 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 issues.


Eileen moved to the NW at the age of two.  She was the fourth of five children to Henry and Rose Quiring.   

Eileen was raised in the Pacific Northwest and spent many of those years in Vancouver, attending Glenwood Hts. Elementary, Battle Ground Jr. High and graduating from Battle Ground High School. 

Eileen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Human Resources from George Fox University; and in 1998, she was named a Distinguished Alumnus. 

Her career has led her into both the private and public sectors.  She owned and managed a small (8 employees) business enterprise for a number of years (Beaverton/Raleigh Hills, OR).  She was employed in both the public and private sectors as a licensed Real Estate Broker and Appraiser.  

Eileen was elected to public office in January of 1995, first to the Oregon House of Representatives, then in 1997 to the Oregon State Senate, representing the Beaverton/ Tigard in Washington County, Oregon until January of 2001.  Eileen was deeply involved in appropriations and justice issues by serving on Ways and Means Committees and committees concerned with criminal and civil law in both houses. In the 1999, she served as Deputy Co-Chair of the powerful Joint Ways and Means Committee, and Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources.  She was also a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Public Affairs Committee, and the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.  Finally, during the interim (’99-‘01) Eileen served as Chair of the Senate Revenue Committee, a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the Education Leadership Team, the State Financial Aid Commission and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Compact.  

Public service has earned Eileen recognition and awards for her innovative and creative ideas aimed at improving both public services and the work environment.  In the course of her education and career she has been consistently recognized as an outstanding leader by her peers, and was elected to serve as Majority Whip for the 1999 Legislative Session.  Also in 1999, Eileen was honored nationally as one of 40 individuals from all three branches of state government to be selected as a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments for outstanding achievement and service to state government.    

In May of 2001 she began her work for the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, a newly formed private family foundation.  There she created and implemented a vision/mission statement, led in organizational development and planning, developed and implemented grant application guidelines/criteria and managed all aspects of grant administration. 

In January of 2012, Eileen was appointed by the Clark County Commissioners to the Clark County Planning Commission. 

Eileen has been honored to serve on various civic and non-profit boards in the community; among them, Board of Directors, Pregnancy Resource Centers of Greater Portland (Chaired 2002-2005), Board of Directors Member, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR (2001-2004), Board of Directors, Metro Policy Chaplaincy (2004-2006), Advisory Board of Directors Member, Capitol Ministries of Oregon (1998-2001). 

Eileen and her husband of 35 years (Abe) have a combined family of 4 adult children (Eileen’s son passed away in July of 2001) and 11 grandchildren.   

Other Awards related to Legislative Accomplishments:

  • Recognition of contribution to Oregon’s Law Enforcement Community of Police Chiefs   for Safer Communities (1995-1997)
  • Small Business Guardian Award by National Federation of Independent Businesses (1996 & 2000)
  • The Jack Rosenberg Community Service Award by Washington County Visitors Association (1996-97)
  • Outstanding Leadership Award for Development of Oregon’s Visitor Industry (1998)
  • Golden Eagle Award for leadership for God, Family & Country by Phyllis Schlaffly, Eagle Forum (1996)
  • Leadership & Wisdom Award from Parents for Academic Excellence (1996)

14. Do you have a campaign website?  What is the address?

15. May LIFE PAC post your survey response on its website?  Yes