2021 School Board Survey
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COMMON GOOD AND AN ETHIC OF LIFE IN PUBLIC
The Common Good and a
Consistent Ethic of
Life require respectful community collaboration in the provision of moral
public education, using the broad application of principles
valuing the sacredness of human life.
Violations of life include first abortion, fetal plundering and euthanasia,
moral degradation, persistent poverty,
unjust war, capital punishment, the use of nuclear arms,
trafficking and exploitation. As a
school board member, will you work to ensure that public
education remains a Common Good based on a Consistent
Ethic of Life?
In 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed
SB 5395, which requires all public school districts to teach comprehensive
sex education, using
programs approved by the State. Many of these programs have
objectionable content, such as sexualizing children, teaching
children to consent to sex, normalizing anal and
oral sex, promoting homosexual and bisexual behavior,
promoting sexual pleasure, promoting solo and/or mutual
masturbation, promoting condom use in inappropriate ways, promoting early
sexual autonomy, failing to establish abstinence as
the expected standard, promoting transgender ideology, promoting contraception and
abortion to children, promoting peer-to-peer sex ed or sexual rights advocacy, undermining traditional values and beliefs, undermining
parents or parental rights and referring children to harmful resources (comprehensivesexualityeducation.org).
See here for reviews of many of the Washington State approved programs.
OSPI main sex ed webpage.
Will you as a
school board member work to promote life-respecting sex
Washington State continues
to facilitate the expansion of school based clinics, most recently
in legislation under consideration to establish a State office for
that purpose (HB
that received widespread news coverage involvied 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. What
is your position on schools dispensing
birth control drugs or devices, giving abortion counseling, or providing referrals to off-site
_____ No Opinion
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." Legislation has been introduced in the
2933 by Vicki Kraft in 2020) to allow
scholarship tax credits for lower-income families to send their children to
an approved private school of their choice. The Jan 2020 SCOTUS case Espinoza
v. Montana Department of Revenue indicates the fragility of
Washington State's Blaine Amendment. What is your position on school
vouchers, tax credits or other methods of increasing school choice in Washington State?
_____ No Opinion
route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating
everyone equally,” says the
Matters Institute. “It will be achieved by treating everyone
equitably, or justly according to their circumstances” (waterford.org).
What is your position on a school policy of
equity? Also, is there much difference between
_____ 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 2018-2019 fiscal year received $617
million in tax payer funding and aborted 345,672 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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