2017 School Board Survey
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AN ETHIC OF LIFE IN PUBLIC
The purpose of teaching a consistent ethic of life (see
here) in public school education is to defend human
dignity. Violations of this dignity include before all else the
alarming attacks against human life
found in abortion, fetal plundering and euthanasia. Beyond these are the
true threats of persistent poverty,
unjust war, capital punishment, the use of nuclear arms,
trafficking and exploitation. As a
school board member, will you do all within your power and
authority to promote school policy and class curricula that teach students a consistent
ethic of life?
The Washington State Legislature passed
5297 in 2007 requiring school districts to teach scientifically accurate,
comprehensive sex education, if
they teach sex ed at all. While the law states specifically that
"abstinence may not be taught to the exclusion of other materials and
instruction on contraceptives and disease prevention," school districts are
still free to choose from the many programs available to use,
such as these
federally reviewed. See also the
2012 Congressional report:
A Better Approach To Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Sexual Risk Avoidance for
important insights on effectiveness.
Will you as a
school board member do all within your power and authority to promote age
appropriate, life-respecting sex education curricula?
In December of
2015, the Washington State Human Rights Commission adopted an
administrative rule (WAC
162-32-060) that directs all pubic accommodations, including
those in schools, to allow students to use gender-segregated
facilities such as bathrooms, gym locker rooms and showers, and
overnight trip accommodations according to the user's gender
identification, not their biological sex. The result of this
policy will be experiences for children that are not developmentally appropriate. See
Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme.
More information here. What is your position on school
facilitation of transgenderism?
_____ No Opinion
Should school board policy allow the on-site dispensing
of birth control drugs or devices, give abortion counseling, or provide referrals to off-site
abortion facilities? See the
2010 incident that received widespread news coverage
involving 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.
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 Clause." In addition, State Rep. Liz Pike of the 18th
District has introduced
HB 2063 to allow
scholarship tax credits. HB 2063 would allow lower-income
families to send their children to an approved private school of their choice.
Twelve other states currently have similar laws enacted. See the
current SCOTUS case
Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer here on whether excluding
religious options from public-aid programs violates the First Amendment’s
free-exercise clause and the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal-protection clause. Regarding
Washington State's Blaine Amendment prohibiting state funds from going to
religious institutions, see
here. What is your position regarding the use of school
vouchers, tax credits or other methods of increasing school choice in Washington State?
_____ No Opinion
proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.
What do you believe? Does a unique human life begins at conception?
If not, how long after conception does a human life begin?
___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
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 right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment?
Is taking the life of a pre-born child
through abortion ever
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
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
A 2013 poll commissioned by Human Life WA, found Washington
State voters are widely supportive of laws requiring "parental involvement"
in abortion decisions for girls under the age of 18 (62-29% with just under
Read a summary of the results here. Do you support:
The nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood,
in the 2015-2016 fiscal year received $555 million
in tax payer funding and aborted 328,348 babies.
Planned Parenthood is active in Oregon school districts, where
their representatives have been allowed to regularly address students in
both Portland and
Opposition has been firm and articulate (segment begins at 12:44).
Should Planned Parenthood be allowed to make
presentations to students or provide literature, birth control chemicals or
devices, or abortion services?
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by
The drug though is still banned federally, and
considered dangerous by many, including
the AMA, and
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The White House Office
of National Drug Policy
opposes the legalization of the drug for public health reasons. Citizens
against Marijuana Legalization (CALM) states "The normalization,
expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana in our communities
are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to the safety of
our society." The Alaska Association of Police Chief
describe some of the negative aspects of legalizing the drug here. For
additional dangers see
For an extensive
report by the National Academy of Sciences (Jan 2017)
What is your
position on the legal production, processing and sale of
_____ No Opinion
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