Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

2017 Other Regional Office Survey

Candidates: Copy and paste the survey questions below into your word processor, type your answers and send to You can answer either all of the questions or choose from among them, or you can compose your own statement using some of the survey's themes.  Responses will be authenticated before use.

A consistent ethic of life (see here, here and here) focuses on the major life issues of abortion, fetal plundering, euthanasia, persistent poverty, unjust war, capital punishment, the use of nuclear arms, violence, racism, trafficking and exploitation.  While these are nationally debated issues, there are community manifestations of them that municipalities can address.  Will you as a regional government official do all in your power and authority to implement public policies and facilitate community action that further a consistent respect for all human life?

Although the office you are seeking may not have authority over these issues, are you generally in  agreement that, for the common good of communities, a. public libraries should be porn free, b. city and county jurisdictions should regulate sexually-oriented businesses, c. marijuana and drug paraphernalia sales should be kept away from schools and parks, and d. pro life community pregnancy centers should be protected from legislative harassment?  Please explain any differences. 

Even dedicated proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.  What do you believe?  Does a unique human life begin at conception? 

If not, how long after conception does a human life begin?
___3 mths   ___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 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 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 morally 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 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 when necessary.  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).  Read a summary of the results here.  Do you support:



The nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, in the 2015-2016 fiscal year received $555 million in tax payer funding and aborted 328,348 babies.  Should Planned Parenthood be contracted with to make community presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or devices, and/or abortion services?

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by Initiative 502.  The drug though is still banned federally, and considered dangerous by many, including the FDA, the AMA, and The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 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 here.  For an extensive report by the National Academy of Sciences (Jan 2017) see here What is your position on the legal production, processing and sale of recreational marijuana in the jurisdiction of the office you are seeking?

_____ Support

_____ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other:


"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:

The White 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.  Does the collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works lawfully ensure fair treatment of religious organizations, and is it good for our communities?

Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education and other qualifications for the county office you are running for.

You may state here any policy positions you have in relation to the office you are seeking:

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