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. Every person's life must be respected.
One's personhood or worth must not be determined by
another's arbitrary 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
Do you believe that a unique human life begins at
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 apply:
No, it's never permissible
_____ 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
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
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION
Peer reviewed studies have shown that parental involvement laws
reduce the occurrence of risky sex in teens,
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. 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). Will
you promote/support parental involvement laws (with judicial
override) for minors when seeking an abortion?
REGULATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by Initiative
The drug though is considered dangerous by many, including 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 here, here and here. What
is your position on the legal production, processing and sale of
recreational marijuana in Washington State?
_____ No Opinion
CONTRIBUTIONS OF RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
"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:
A Non-denominational Christian church.
FAITH-BASED AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS
House's 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. Is
the collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works
good for our communities?
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
What office (district and position) are you running for?
Charter Review Commission and Precinct Committee Officer for
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.
Do you have a campaign website? What is the address?
You may state here any policy positions you have in relation to the
office you are seeking:
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Surveys are posted only with your permission.
Please give your campaign web address if you have one: