2012 State Questionnaire
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 conception?
If not, when? ___ 3 mths ___ 6 mths ___ 9 mths ___ 1
yr ___ 18 yrs?
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
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
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 ABORTION
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?
MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES
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
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?
PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE
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
may become a duty to die. The American Medical Association
as well as the Washington State Medical Association (2007
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
Do you oppose the availability of physician assisted suicide
in Washington State?
Children develop best within the context of a biologically
related family. This is a scientifically proven fact which
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,
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
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
PUBLIC SCHOOL SEX EDUCATION
10. The Washington State Legislature in 2007 passed
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
11. The death penalty in the United States should:
_____ not be used
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?
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
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
Peter Silliman has been married for 22 years to Lorinda.
They are a pro-life family with 12 children. They spend a
lot of time encouraging young mothers and families directly.
They support home births, home schooling, and nursing
mothers. Their oldest daughter volunteers at Life Hope in
Peter and several of the children volunteer at the Fort
Vancouver National Historic Site. They are also active in
sharing their faith.
Peter is the current president of Professionally Speaking
Toastmasters in Vancouver.
Peter has risen to his current position at CenturyLink
through hard work and dedication to doing his job well. He
is currently a Senior Engineer.
14. Do you have a campaign website? What is the address?
WEBSITE POSTING PERMISSION
15. May Life Pac post your survey response on its website?