Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

2011 School Board Survey

Candidates: Copy and paste the survey questions below into your word processor, type your answers and send to, or print and send to LIFE PAC, PO Box PO Box 871103, Vancouver, WA 98687-1103.  Alternatively, you can freely compose your own statement for posting using some of the survey's themes.  Responses will be authenticated before use.

1. Does a school district have a responsibility to teach students a consistent ethic regarding respect for all human life?  A consistent ethic of life addresses first abortion as well as other issues such as end of life care, poverty, crime, capital punishment, war, racism, nuclear arms and exploitation.  Each and every human being is unique and important, no person is defined by someone else's choices, and 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 school districts have a responsibility to teach students a consistent ethic regarding respect for all human life?

2. The Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 5297 in 2007 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.  Will you as a board member promote an emphasis on building abstinence and relationship skills in any sex ed program used, and oppose to the promotion of sexual experimentation?

3. Among professionals involved in the abortion issue both for and against, there is general agreement that life begins at conception.  This includes even the most prominent proponents of abortion rights.  Given this general agreement, should your district's scientifically accurate sex education program teach students that human life begins at conception and that abortion kills a human being? 

4. 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 clinics?  A 2010 incident that received widespread news coverage involved 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 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 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 life begins at conception and that the "right to life" of the fetus is "guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment"?

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 genetic predispositions

_____  Yes, for gender

_____  Yes, for race

_____   Yes, for economic hardship

_____  Yes, to punish spouse

_____  Yes, it's always permissible

7. 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 when necessary.



8. Should your district partner in any way with the nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, who received
$363.3 million dollars in governmental grants and contracts in 2009 and aborted 332,278 babies?  Planned Parenthood was also found by the State of Washington in 2010 to have overbilled the state and was required to repay $345,000Should Planned Parenthood be allowed to make presentations to students or provide literature, birth control chemicals or devises, or abortion services?


9. 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."   Blaine Amendments, as both Ohio and Washington State have, can permit school vouchers at times because State funds go to parents who "exercise genuine choice" in choosing where the voucher will be used at.  What is your position regarding the use of school vouchers or other school choice options in Washington State?


10. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education and other qualifications for a school board position.

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