2014 Survey Response:
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?
According to texts on
biology it does.
If not, when? ___ 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 State has a compelling
interest in protecting human life beginning at conception?
Not until the question pointed out in the Roe v. Wade
decision has been answered once and for all.
4. Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion
ever morally permissible? Check all that apply:
Point of order.
The term pre-born child is open to interpretation and
the term human life is not necessarily a synonym.
_____ No, it's never permissible
__X__ 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
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND CLONING
5. Do you oppose embryonic stem cell research or human
cloning, whether publically or privately funded?
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION
6. 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
Will you promote/support parental involvement laws (with
judicial override) for minors when seeking an abortion?
Parental involvement, yes.
Parental override no.
MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES
"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 religious beliefs?
Yes, since we have never resolved the question of what it
means to be a human person, this is a matter of conscience
that the state has no right to trump.
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 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
may become a duty to die. The American Medical
as well as the Washington State Medical Association (2007
oppose PAS. The AMA stated 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 physician assisted suicide?
No, I do not.
But protections should be made to ensure that the people
accepting this treatment are not being forced by economic
circumstances to do so.
9. Children develop best
within the context of a biologically related family.
This 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." In
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
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
I support the idea that a functional biologically related
pair of parents best raises children when they love and care
for them. But this has nothing to do with expanding the
definition of marriage.
There are plenty of dysfunctional biologically
related parents as well who show little if any love for
Interest in the child’s well being and the willingness to
love and care for the child are the most important factors.
The genetic relationship is simply correlated with
that willingness but is not guaranteed to be a causal factor
in every case.
PUBLIC SCHOOL SEX EDUCATION
10. The Washington State
Legislature in 2007 passed
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
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.
Given that ESSB 5297 allows school districts a wide range in
how the law is applied, will you work to maximize sex
education that is wholesome, not dehumanizing and truly
The full array of options should be given attention, so yes.
11. The death penalty in the United States
__X___ not be used
be used about the same
be used less
be used more
12. 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? The
latest news can be found
here on the Citizens Against Reservation Shopping blog.
I feel that there are many Constitutional issues that must
be considered and am generally opposed to this project.
Casinos should not be the exclusive rights of tribal
agencies but should be treated like any other business.
It is not fair or equitable to give one group of
people special privilege to engage in a lucrative and highly
profitable industry, to the exclusion of all others.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS
13. 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 life issues.
I am a voting citizen of Washington who cares very much
about the quality of our government representation.
My years on active duty in the Navy have taught me
the meaning of self-sacrifice and respect for the
Constitution and the rule of law.
My years as a software engineer have taught me to
analyze problems and think critically, working across
multiple and competing stakeholder needs to achieve optimal
solutions that fulfill the needs of all stakeholders in an
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