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THE NATURE OF PRO-LIFE ISSUES
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. Every person's life must
be respected. One's personhood or
worth must not be 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?
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 37 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
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).
Will you promote/support parental involvement laws (with
judicial override) for minors when seeking an
PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE
Washington 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. An
objection to this sanctioning of suicide is that vulnerable
persons, such as those who are feeble, depressed, mentally ill, or
handicapped, may experience coercion to end their lives.
For them a right to die, already protected in the Natural Death Act,
70.122), may become a duty to die.
long held and continuing position is that "physician
assisted suicide is fundamentally inconsistent with the physician's
professional role." The initiative uses vague language that
enables 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? What
is your position on
physician assisted suicide?
_____ No Opinion
In June of 2015,
the US Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same sex
Opponents claim that this puts the aspirations of adults over the
rights of children, who develop best within the context of a
biologically related family. This optimal development is a
scientifically proven fact which the
Washington 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."
What is your position on the 2015 US Supreme Court
ruling that states must recognize same sex marriage nationwide?
_____ No Opinion
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 religious beliefs?
The death penalty in the United States should:
_____ Not be used
_____ Be used about the same
_____ Be used less
_____ Be used more
REGULATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State
in 2012 by
Initiative 502. The drug though is 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 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
_____ No Opinion
Using a pro life
standard of protecting life and minimizing harm, do you believe the
sustained shutdown ordered by Washington Governor Inslee achieves
_____Yes, Covid deaths are reduced with
lower infection rates. The negative impacts on society (suicides,
delayed medical treatment deaths, job loss and family stress, no
school) are of less significance.
_____No, the negative impacts on society
(suicides, delayed medical treatment deaths, job loss and family
stress, no school) are of greater significance than additional Covid
deaths due to shorter or no shutdowns.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
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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
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