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THE NATURE OF PRO-LIFE ISSUES
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?
Do you believe that a unique human life begins at conception?
If not, when? ___ 3 mths ___ 6 mths
___ At Birth ___ 1
yr ___18 yrs?
Is taking the life of a pre-born child
through abortion ever morally permissible? Check all that
_____ 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
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
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
beginning at conception?
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION
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
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 10% undecided).
Do you support:
PUBLIC LIBRARY PORNOGRAPHY
The US Supreme Court
in its 2003 ruling
United States v. American Library Association, Inc,
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." In 2010,
the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public libraries' use of
internet filters does not violate the state constitution.
See FVRL porn history here.
Will you as a city councilor appoint, recommend or
request (depending on your level of authority) only library board
candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public
libraries, whether by internet or printed materials?
PUBLIC LIBRARY DRAG QUEEN STORY HOURS
Recently, efforts have been made to
have public libraries host
Drag Queen Story Hours.
These events use men dressed as burlesque and flirtatious women to
read stories to children, with the purpose of facilitating gender
confusion in the children. More
Do you oppose public libraries hosting
Drag Queen Story Hours?
REGULATION OF SEXUALLY
The U.S. Supreme Court in
Young v. American Mini Theaters, Inc., (1976) and
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
zoning ordinances, licensing procedures, permit requirements and operational
regulations which serve to minimize the adverse secondary effects of Sexually
The nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned
the 2017-2018 fiscal year received
$564 million in tax payer funding and aborted 332,757 babies.
Parenthood be contracted with to
make community presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or
devises, and/or abortion services?
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANARecreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by
Initiative 502. The drug though is considered dangerous by
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 Legalizing
Marijuana (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
What is your position on the legal production, processing and sale of
recreational marijuana in Washington State?
_____ No Opinion
"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?
If so, you may state here where at:
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
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
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
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
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