I have now spoken to five neighborhood associations about my campaign for School Board. It has been fun and very enlightening.
This week I received a questionnaire from Allen County Right to Life. I have to admit I was quite surprised. I did not realize that they asked candidates for school board to fill out their forms.
I filled out their forms and I decided to sit down with Allen County Right to Life and discuss my stance on abortion. I wanted to make sure that I answered all seven of the questions to accurately reflect my veiws on abortion. I sat down with Cathie Humbarger this week. I met with her because I do not ever want to misrepresent myself.
Cathie was impressed that I took time out of my schedule just to make sure I answered all the questions per my views.
My stance on abortion has SLOWLY changed over the last twenty years. I think that the birth of my children has had the largest effect on my stance on abortion.
I have always thought that abortion should be legal, safe, and RARE. On a personal level my wife and I long ago decided that we would not decide to have an abortion. We were married in 1995 and it was the best day of my life. We decided that we wanted to have kids after five years. If we would have had a child before we wanted to there is no doubt that we would not have had an abortion. We currently have two children and do not want to have more. That being said, if my wife gets pregnant, we will have another child.
I 100% think that Roe v Wade should be overturned. It is NOT The Federal Government's job to dictate morality to the fifty states. I believe in State's rights...
I think that each of the fifty States should pass their own laws governing abortion. I think each state should have a statewide referendum and decide for itself...
Below is the questionnaire and how I filled it out.
Do you oppose school-based clinics that offer abortion counseling, abortion referrals, or access to so-called "emergency contraceptive" pills?
This was a no brainier for me. The schools should have NOTHING to do with decisions like this. This is the parents job.
Do you support legislation that makes it a crime for an adult counselor or teacher to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion without a parent's knowledge or consent.
This is another no brainier for me. Parents are responsible for their children when they are minors, period.
Do you support legislation requiring that fetal development curriculum be included in high school health education classes?
I had to talk to Cathie about exactly what this question meant. I am in favor of it as long as the education is 100% scientific and involves no religious or moral aspects. In other words, as long as it is just the facts.
Do you oppose Planned Parenthood's use of peer educators who are students trained and paid by Planned Parenthood to promote Planned Parenthood activities and events on campus.
I think all of these groups, both pro and anti-abortion should stay the "heck" off of school property.
Do you support teaching students that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases?
I had to talk to Cathie about this one for quite awhile. I favor teaching BOTH abstinence and "safe sex" in the schools if sex education is to be taught. That being said, abstinence is the only way to 100% ensure that you do not get pregnant.
Do you oppose allowing Planned Parenthood representatives to make classroom presentations that promote premarital sex, contraceptive use, and alternative lifestyles such as homosexuality?
We need to keep all of these groups out of the schools. The schools need to emphasize reading, writing, and arithmetic. We need to get back to basics and leave parenting to parents.
Under which circumstances do you believe abortion should be legal?
To save the life of the mother, rape, and incest.
This issue should be determined by State law. Whatever law the State passed is the way abortion should be handled in that state.