Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee
of Southwest Washington

Mary Snitily
2021 Battle Ground School Board Candidate

Pos 1



Survey Response:

Statement for LifePac publication:

Mary Snitily - Battle Ground School Board - Director 1

I am currently a Battle Ground School Board Director (appointed March 2021). I am seeking election to the board because I have a deep commitment to children and their families. I believe public education should be the moral and ethical reflection of the community it serves. In that regard we must engage in respectful and inclusive community collaboration. We must value human life without exception if we intend to provide an ethical and moral public education.

Parents are the first educators of their children. Schools should partner with parents in that endeavor, giving students the skills they need to live a productive life and engage in our constitutional republic. Every child in every classroom, regardless of their personal attributes or that of their parents, should receive the support and instruction they need to succeed.

We must resist the push of special interest groups and the pressure of government entities to further erode local control of public education. Curriculums, clinics, programs and agendas which do not reflect the values of the families we serve, have no place in our public education system.

I was raised on a family farm with 10 siblings. Education has always been an important value for my family. I currently have 4 grandchildren in Battle Ground Public Schools. I have worked in both private and public education in the State of Washington for 23 years. I understand the strengths and the challenges of the system as it is. I know we can do better. We can work together to build stories of hope on a moral, life-respecting foundation in our public schools.


Instagram: @mary4kids21

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

_____ Continue with Current Policies Restricting On Site Learning
___x__ Open Schools More Fully
_____  No Opinion
_____  Other:

What is your position on teaching Marxist inspired Critical Race Theory (CRT)?

_____ Support
___x__ Oppose
_____  No Opinion
_____  Other:

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:

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

Yes!This is my strongly held belief.

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?


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

___x__ 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

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:

Notification? Parents should always have notification.

Consent? Parental consent should be required.

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?

Planned Parenthood, their representatives, their materials, their influence have no place in public schools.

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 FDAthe AMA, 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
___x__ Oppose
_____  No Opinion
_____  Other: