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,
I absolutely acknowledge both the breadth and primacy of
It is important for any policy maker to realize
that what we know think of as life extends beyond the
birth of a child.
2. Do you believe that a unique human life
begins at conception?
believe that unique human life begins at conception.
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?
believe that the State does have a compelling interest
in protecting human life beginning at conception.
I believe that I have shown my commitment to this
issue in my time serving as a State Representative.
4. Is taking the life of a pre-born child through
permissible? Check all that apply:
I think that many individuals struggle with this
question as it relates to the topic of saving a mother's
question inevitably arises as to how do you determine
which life should be saved, and which should be ended.
This was an intense discussion in our own home as
we prepared to have our first child.
Luckily, we were never faced with that situation.
I would not pretend that this would or could be
an easy decision.
Medical professional's opinions, personal
beliefs, and religious beliefs would all have to be
weighed very carefully in this answer.
Because I do not have the answer to the question
of how to choose between the life of the mother and the
life of the child, I have arrived at the answer below:
_____ 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?
YES. I also
believe that there are alternative forms of medicine and
science that can and will allow doctors and researchers
to gain the end result that they are seeking.
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 rape.
Will you promote/support parental involvement laws (with
judicial override) for minors when seeking an abortion?
parents, we strive to do the best job possible in
raising our children.
We wish to be there for the good times, and more
importantly need to be there during times of struggle.
It is unimaginable to me that a parent could be
legally kept in the dark as it relates to their minor
child seeking an abortion.
Parents need to be there not only to offer advice
and guidance, but to provide comfort.
The impacts of this decision are life altering, a
parent should absolutely be involved.
MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES
7. "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
believe this to be one of the most basic building blocks
a free society.
The right to conscience should not be infringed
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
Do you oppose physician assisted suicide?
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 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
It is important to note that the voters of the State of
Washington have chosen to allow for homosexual marriage.
That is now the law of the land (at least within
With that being said, there are individuals who
will continue to push the boundaries of the definition
Polygamy is only one of the many changes that
certain segments of the population would like to have
will oppose laws that will change the definition of
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
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
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 safe?
believe that our schools should be teaching the facts as
it relates to sexual education.
I will continue to work towards this goal.
11. The death penalty in the United States should:
_____ 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.
As a State Representative for the 18th Legislative
District, I am a member of the Government Accountability
and Oversight Committee.
One charge of this committee is to deal with all
gambling related matters.
I have worked to oppose a mega-casino on I-5
since I have been in office.
I will continue to do so.
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.
It has been a great honor to serve the people of the
18th Legislative District as their State Representative
for the last two years.
In that role, I have worked tirelessly to make
sure that their voice is well represented in Olympia.
I have been charged with the unique task of
serving on more legislative committees than any other
member of the Washington State Legislature.
Appropriations Committee, Finance Committee,
Business and Financial Service Committee, Technology,
Energy, and Economic Development Committee, Government
Accountability and Oversight Committee, Appropriations
Subcommittee on Education, and the Legislative Ethics
I believe that I have gained a reputation as both a
leader, and someone who can be trusted.
I cannot thank the people of SW Washington enough
for this opportunity.
Outside of the legislature, I am married to my high
Together we have one daughter.
We make out home in the Felida area of Clark
When not working in Olympia, I am the sales and
marketing manager for our family landscape construction
and maintenance company.
Vick Landscaping has been serving SW Washington
My experience in small business has allowed me to be an
effective advocate for the employers and employees of
I am proud to be an Eagle Scout, and am involved in
several community organizations and boards.
Our family is proud to call Clark County home,
and being an active part of the community is a top
priority for us.
14. Do you have a campaign website? What is the address?
WEBSITE POSTING PERMISSION
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