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THE NATURE OF PRO-LIFE ISSUES
1. 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?
2. Do you believe that a unique human life begins at conception?
If not, when? ___ 3 mths ___ 6
mths ___ 9 mths ___ 1 yr ___ 18 yrs?
3. 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?
4. 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
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND CLONING
5. Do you oppose embryonic stem cell
research or human cloning, whether publically or privately funded?
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN MINORS' ABORTIONS
6. Peer reviewed scientific
studies have shown that family 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
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
you support family involvement laws (with judicial override) for minors when
seeking an abortion?
PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE
State Initiative 1000 which
was passed in 2008, legalized Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) by allowing
doctors to prescribe lethal doses of barbiturates to certain patients. One
objection to this sanctioning of suicide is that some vulnerable persons,
such as those who are feeble, depressed, mentally ill, or handicapped, will
likely experience coercion to end their lives. For them a right to die,
already protected in the Natural Death Act, (RCW
70.122), may become a duty to die. The American Medical Association
as well as the Washington State Medical Association (2007
Resolution A-7) oppose PAS. The AMA states that "physician assisted
suicide is fundamentally inconsistent with the physician's professional
role." The initiative uses vague language that enable doctors "acting in
good faith" to assist mentally ill or depressed patients to commit suicide,
while protecting doctors from civil and criminal lawsuits. Health care
insurers can cut costs by providing prescriptions for suicide. Will
society's sanction of suicide have unintended consequences? Sponsor and
former governor Booth Gardner says that this is only a “first step” in
legalizing assisted suicide for anyone who wants it. When society fails to
protect vulnerable people in their troubles, but instead offers them the
violence of suicide, has not society abandoned them? Do
you oppose the availability of physician assisted suicide?
8. Children develop best within the context of a biologically
related family. This is a scientifically proven fact which theWashington
State Supreme Court referenced
when in 2006, it ruled on the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act
(DOMA). The court determined that the state's limitation of marriage
to heterosexual couples "is constitutional because the legislature
was entitled to believe that limiting marriage to opposite-sex
couples furthers ... the well-being of children by encouraging
families where children are reared in homes headed by the children’s
biological parents." In concurrence, Justice
James Johnson wrote
"The unique and binary biological nature of marriage and its
exclusive link with procreation and responsible child rearing has
defined the institution [of marriage in law]." In
order to affirm and protect children’s rights and the primacy of
those rights over adults’ aspirations for novel family forms, do you
oppose laws that change the definition of marriage to include
homosexual and polygamous relationships?
MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES
9. "The trend toward accepting the termination of some human lives
as a normal part of medicine is accelerating ... Courts,
policymakers, media leaders - even the elites of organized medicine
- increasingly assert that patient rights and respect for patients’
choices should trump the consciences of medical professionals.
Indeed, the time may soon arrive when doctors, nurses, and
pharmacists will be compelled to take, or be complicit in the taking
of, human life, regardless of their strong religious or moral
objections thereto." (Westlie
J. Smith, 2009).Should
doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals be
granted the right to refuse participation in the provision of
medical services that violate the person's moral, ethical or
PUBLIC LIBRARY PORNOGRAPHY
10. In the US Supreme Court ruling
United States v. American Library Association, Inc, 2003,
which 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."
Will you as a commissioner appoint and confirm only library board candidates who oppose
the inclusion of pornography in public
libraries, whether by internet or print materials?
REGULATION OF SEXUALLY
PUBLIC SCHOOL SEX EDUCATION
11. 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
12. 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. Do
you support only sex education that is wholesome, not dehumanizing
and truly safe?
13. Should Clark County partner in any way with the
nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, who received annually over
dollars in governmental grants and contracts in
recent years, and aborted nearly 305,000
babies? Should they be contracted with to make
community presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or devises,
and/or abortion services?
A proposed casino off I-5 near Ridgefield is projected to be one of the largest
in the nation. What is your position on the building of this casino?
Place an "X" on the line below:
15. "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
16. The Federal
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
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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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