Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington 

Jennifer McDaniel
2007 Washougal City Council Candidate
Position 5

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2007 City Council Survey Response

1. From a "consistent ethic of life" perspective, do you think city government is in a position to effectively advance respect for human life by means of public policy?  Although a consistent ethic of life principle includes concern over major issues such as abortion, poverty, euthanasia, capital punishment, war, racism, nuclear arms and exploitation, many of these issues can and should be addressed in some measure at the local level.  Each and every human being is unique and important.  No person is defined by someone else's choices, and 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 think city government is able to promote greater respect for human life through its public policy?  YES
2. In the US Supreme Court ruling United States v. American Library Association, Inc, 2003, which upheld the use of library internet pornography filters, Chief Justice Rehnquist stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their traditional missions, public libraries must have broad discretion to decide what material to provide to their patrons.  Although they seek to provide a wide array of information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal coverage,'" and "most libraries already exclude pornography from their print collections because they deem it inappropriate for inclusion."   Will you as a city council person appoint, recommend or request (depending on your level of authority) only library board candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public libraries, whether by internet or print materials?  YES
3. The U.S. Supreme Court in Young v. American Mini Theaters, Inc., (1976) and Renton v. Playtime Theater, Inc., (1986), concluded that municipalities have "substantial governmental interests" in protecting and preserving the quality of life for its community against the adverse secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses while allowing for "reasonable alternative avenues of communication."  Land Use Studies from cities around the United States were cited in both U.S. Supreme Court cases documenting the harmful secondary effects caused: 1. Increased Crime - rape, sexual assault, prostitution and illegal drug sales 2. Decreased Property Values - both residential and commercial 3. Urban Blight - people and businesses fleeing the community.  Will you diligently seek and maintain zoning ordinances, licensing procedures, permit requirements and operational regulations which serve to minimize the adverse secondary effects of Sexually Oriented Businesses?  YES
4. 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 life begins at conception and is present throughout pregnancy, and that, therefore, the State has a compelling interest in protecting that life from and after conception?  YES

5. Is taking the life of a pre-born child though abortion ever permissible?
_____ No, it's never permissible
__X___ Yes, to save mother's life - This decision must be a private one between a husband, wife and her physician.
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
_____ Yes, for physical deformity
_____ Yes, it's always permissible.
6. 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.
Notification? YES
Consent?   YES
7. Should your city partner in any way with the nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, who received over $305 million dollars in governmental grants and contracts last year, and aborted nearly 265,000 babies?  NO
Should they be contracted with to make community presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or devises, and/or abortion services?  NO
8. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is seeking a 152 acre site near La Center for their initial reservation and a super-sized Las Vegas style casino. At over 134 thousand sq. ft. of gaming floor, it would be the 14th largest in the nation, and the largest on the west coast.  The social costs of casino gambling are well documented and include increased gambling addiction, crime, and bankruptcies. The video slot machines, which in Washington are allowed only in tribal casinos, are known to be especially addictive and are referred to by some as “the crack cocaine of gambling.” Crime rates tend to begin rising 3 or 4 years after a casino begins doing business in a county.  What is your position on the building of the Cowlitz casino?  Against This Casino
9. "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?  YES
If so, you may state here where at:

Gateway Community Church

10. The federal Faith-Based and Community Initiative 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.  Do you agree that this initiative, in keeping with the First Amendment free exercise clause, lawfully ensures fairer treatment of faith based charitable work and is it good for our community?  YES
11. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education and other qualifications for a mayor / city council position.
University of Houston graduate with a BS in Management
Work experience as a Director of Sales & Marketing in the hospitality industry
Board Member of the Washougal Downtown Revitalization & Implementation Committee
Leadership Team Member of Hearts For Home, an outreach program for Moms at Gateway Community Church
Parent Volunteer with the Booster Club of Gause Elementary School

12. May LifePac post your returned survey on our website?  YES
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Thank you,
Jennifer McDaniel