Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee
of Southwest Washington

Megan Gabriel
2021 Vancouver School Board Candidate

Position 3


Survey Response:

A CONSISTENT ETHIC OF LIFE AND THE COMMON GOOD IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

Consistent Ethic of Life and The Common Good require respectful and inclusive community collaboration in the provision of moral public education, using the broad application of principles valuing the sacredness of human life.  Threats to life include first abortion, fetal plundering and euthanasia, but also moral degradation, persistent poverty, unjust war, capital punishment, the use of nuclear arms, violence, racism, trafficking and exploitation.  Threats to The Common Good include illicit acquiescence to special interests (e.g. the abortion lobby) and coercion (e.g.WSSDA) that promote moral degradation and violate the principle of subsidiarity.  As a school board member, will you work to ensure that public education is based on a Consistent Ethic of Life and contributes to The Common Good?
 
 Yes


SEX EDUCATION
In 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed SB 5395 (see also here), which requires all public school districts to teach comprehensive sex education, usingprograms approved by the State.  Many of these programs have objectionable content, such as sexualizing children, teaching children to consent to sex, normalizing anal and oral sex, promoting homosexual and bisexual behavior, promoting sexual pleasure, promoting solo and/or mutual masturbation, promoting condom use in inappropriate ways, promoting early sexual autonomy, failing to establish abstinence as the expected standard, promoting transgender ideology, promoting contraception and abortion to children, promoting peer-to-peer sex ed or sexual rights advocacy, undermining traditional values and beliefs, undermining  parents or parental rights and referring children to harmful resources (see comprehensivesexualityeducation.org).  See here for harm analyses of many of the Washington State approved programs, including FLASH.  See school district sex ed programs here.  OSPI main sex ed webpage here.  Will you as a school board member work to promote life-respecting sex education? 

Yes, this is something that is extremely important to me. Although I have family members who identify with the LGBTQ community and I support their rights as individuals to make those choices for themselves. I do not believe that it is the schools place to teach our children this. I am not afraid to stand up and say that either. At my children’s former school I was asked to step down from my role on the PTA because I was found not to be an “inclusive” person. A kindergarten teacher read a book to her class about being transgender. This came up in discussion at the park with a group of moms. I voiced my opinion that I thought it was extremely inappropriate to be reading to kindergarteners, that an email should have went out warning parents first. However ultimately it is not the public schools system place to teach our children about these topics especially in kindergarten. The trans child who was in that kindergarten class mom happened to be at the park play date. She asked me if I know that was her child that was trans. I explained I did not, but I stood by what I said. The school has no place teaching this topic. You can support people who identify with these communities without supporting the indoctrination of students. My daughter has conservative views she also identifies with the LGBTQ community. She is against CSE, she finds it to be extremely inappropriate and has already requested I opt her out of any CSE curriculum. 


SCHOOL CLINICS
Washington State continues to facilitate the expansion of school based clinics, most recently in 2021 legislation that established a State office for that purpose (HB 1225).  A 2010 incident that received widespread news coverage involved a Seattle area in-school clinic that set up an abortion for a 15-year-old high school student with neither her parents’ knowledge nor consent.  What is your position on schools dispensing birth control drugs or devices, giving abortion counseling, or providing referrals to off-site abortion facilities?

_____ Support

__X___ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other: 

 


SCHOOL CHOICE

The Supreme Court in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002), held that Ohio's school voucher law did not violate the First Amendment's establishment clause.  It states, "the Ohio program is entirely neutral with respect to religion. It provides benefits directly to a wide spectrum of individuals, defined only by financial need and residence in a particular school district. It permits such individuals to exercise genuine choice among options public and private, secular and religious. The program is therefore a program of true private choice" and "the program does not offend the Establishment Clause."   Legislation has been introduced in the past (HB 2933 by Vicki Kraft in 2020) to allow scholarship tax credits for lower-income families to send their children to an approved private school of their choice.  The Jan 2020 SCOTUS case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue indicates the fragility ofWashington State's Blaine Amendment What is your position on school vouchers, tax credits or other methods of increasing school choice in Washington State? 

___X__ Support

_____ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other: 

 

COVID 19 POLICY

What is the way forward for schools during the Covid 19 pandemic?

_____ Continue with Current Policies Restricting On Site Learning

_____ Open Schools More Fully

_____  No Opinion

___X__  Other: Open schools fully with no mask or vaccine mandates. 

 

SOCIAL EQUITY
The 1970's developed theory called Social Equity isn't so much about a charitable welfare tool, one that helps groups of people with targeted characteristics, such as persistent poverty, low educational achievement and poor health to improve their circumstances.  Welfare generally confers equity in some form, often financial.  Rather, social equity demands reparations for past injustices, be it the slave history of Black Americans or some other supposedly oppressed group, using equal outcomes as a measure for success.  In an educational setting, this can result in the needs of academically high achieving students not being served, where "the achievement gap" is narrowed by the removal of advanced educational opportunities or "tracks."  Social equity uses Marxist inspired Critical Race Theory as a justification (Camas example), with its promotion of oppressor and oppressed classes, guilt and jealousy, and invoking social justice arguments to address supposed systemic racism.   What is your position on social equity?

_____ Support

___X__ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other: 

 

CRITICAL RACE THEORY
What is your position on implementing Marxist inspired Critical Race Theory (CRT) in school districts?

_____ Support

___X__ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other: 

 

1619 PROJECT
What is your position on teaching the much criticized 1619 Project on American history?  See also here and here (Wiki).

_____ Support

___X__ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other: 

 

ABORTION
Even dedicated proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.  What do you believe?  Does a unique human life begins at conception?  

Yes 

If not, how long after conception does a human life begin?
___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 right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment? 

Yes


Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever morally permissible?  Check all that apply:

_____ No, it's never permissible

___X__ Yes, to save mother's life

I could not imagine leaving my children motherless, I believe it should be an option in this case. 

___x__ Yes, in cases of rape or incest

I personally could not have an abortion for this reason. But I do not believe a women should be forced to carry a baby in these circumstances. 

_____ Yes, for physical deformity

_____  Yes, for gender

_____  Yes, for race

_____  Yes, to punish spouse

_____ Yes, it's always permissible


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.  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).  Read a summary of the results here.  Do you support: yes 

Notification? Yes

Consent? Yes 
 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
The nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, in the 2018-2019 fiscal year received $617 million in tax payer funding and aborted 345,672 babies.  Planned Parenthood is active in Oregon school districts, where their representatives have been allowed to regularly address students in both Portland and Salem.  Opposition has been firm and articulate (segment begins at 12:44).   
Should Planned Parenthood be allowed to make presentations to students or provide literature, birth control chemicals or devices, or abortion services?

No

 

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by Initiative 502.  The drug though is still banned federally, and considered dangerous by many, including the AMAthe APA, and The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Citizens against Marijuana Legalization (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.  For an extensive report by the National Academy of Sciences (Jan 2017) see here What is your position on the legal production, processing and sale of recreational marijuana in Washington State?

_____ Support

_____ Oppose

___X__  No Opinion

_____  Other: 


QUALIFICATIONS

Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education, family successes and other qualifications for a school board position.  Do you have children of your own?

I spent my daughters entire elementary school career in the building with her. On average I spent 30-40 hours a week in the building volunteering. I ran art literacy programs, ran small reading groups. Frequently took home projects to complete for her teachers. I did not just volunteer in my children’s classrooms. If a teacher in the building needed volunteers and couldn’t get any I would step in. I see our schools as a community and every child should benefit from volunteer resources. I founded my children’s former elementary schools garden program and curriculum. Went on to help two other school in district start a garden program, secured funding and curriculum for that. Attended school board meetings and sat in on advisory boards. 


I have also been my daughters Girl Scout troop leader since the second grade. I take great pride in teaching the girls to give back to their community and to live by the Girl Scout law. My daughter is a bronze and silver award recipient and plans to earn her gold award. My daughter is also the youngest student ever to receive the Lake Oswego Rotary Clubs Student Above Excellence Award at the age of 9. This year she cofounder the group Open Schools USA and organized national rallies to protest school closures. She also held her school board accountable every chance she got. She wrote to them about CRT her letter was published on Washington Parent Rights in Education.

She founded the grass-root group Clark County Parents for Education Reform. She also runs the Clark County Student/Parent Union. Both her organizations are endorsing conservative school board candidates. Which she is was harassed for by current school board member Kathy Decker on a public forum.  She faced a lot of backlash and harassment from her teachers, principal and school board this year. I wanted to remove her from the district for a fresh start but she insisted on staying and fighting back. 
I have two children in the district a incoming freshman and 5th grader. 

POLICY POSITIONS
You may state here any policy positions you have in relation to the office you are seeking:

 


May LifePac post your returned survey on our website?  Your response is only posted with your permission. 

Yes