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ETHIC OF LIFE IN PUBLIC POLICY
consistent ethic of life (see
here) focuses on the major life issues of abortion, euthanasia, persistent
poverty, unjust war, capital
punishment, the use of nuclear arms, violence,
racism and exploitation. While these are nationally debated issues, there
are community manifestations of these that local governments
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?
Do you believe that a unique human life begins at conception?
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
_____ 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 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?
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION
Peer reviewed studies have shown that parental 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 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
Read a summary of the results here.
Will you promote/support parental involvement laws (with
judicial override) for minors when seeking an
Recreational marijuana was
legalized in Washington State in 2012 by
Initiative 502. The drug though is considered dangerous by
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 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. What is your position on the legal production,
processing and sale of recreational marijuana in Washington State?
_____ No Opinion
CONTRIBUTIONS OF RELIGIOUS
"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
FAITH-BASED AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS
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?
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
What office (district and position)
are you running 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
Do you have a campaign website? What is the
state here any policy positions you have in relation to the office
you are seeking:
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