Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington Survey

Keith’s responses to the Life PAC survey have been posted to their website. You can view the full survey and other candidate responses here:
https://lifepacwa.blogspot.com/p/2018-keith-swank.html

About Life PAC

Vote life, family, and community values! Life PAC surveys SW Washington candidates at all levels of government to determine pro-life, family and community positions. Life PAC believes in the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Striving to be authentically pro-life, we promote a consistent ethic of life regarding abortion, poverty, euthanasia, capital punishment, war, racism, nuclear arms and exploitation, but hold that the toll from abortion today far exceeds the loss from other threats to life.

“The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity. They cannot, however, be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignity of every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God Himself and thus inviolable.”
~ Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day, Sydney, Australia, July 17, 2008

We are a Washington State registered and incorporated political action committee serving Southwest Washington for the research of pro-life and pro-family candidates and issues. Life PAC’s objective is to identify and promote local pro-life and pro-family candidates to serve at the national, state and local levels of government. Determination of a candidate’s pro-life and pro-family position is based on one or more of the following criteria: voting records, public statements, questionnaire responses and interviews.

Keith’s Responses:

THE NATURE OF PRO-LIFE ISSUES

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, and cloning?

I understand. I am with you on pro-life, but we may differ on the other causes such as poverty, capital punishment, etc.

ABORTION

  • Do you believe that a unique human life begins at conception?

Yes

  • Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever morally permissible?

I don’t think it is morally permissible to take the life of a pre-born child through abortion, but I understand the human nature to save one’s life also.  Either way, I believe that it is a sin to take the life of a pre-born child, and you will have to answer to God for that regardless of your reason.

CONSTITUTION

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?

Yes, I do.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION

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.  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.

  • Will you promote/support parental involvement laws (with judicial override) for minors when seeking an abortion?

Yes, I will.

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.  One 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 70.122), may become a duty to die. The American Medical Association (policy H-140.952) as well as the Washington State Medical Association (2007 Resolution A-7) oppose PAS.  The AMA states 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 them?  

  • What is your position on physician assisted suicide?

I oppose physician assisted suicide.

MARRIAGE PRESERVATION

In June of 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same sex marriage nationwide.  Opponents claim that this puts the aspirations of adults over the rights of children, who develop best within the context of a biologically related family.  This optimal development 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.”

  • What is your position on the 2015 US Supreme Court ruling that states must recognize same sex marriage nationwide?

Oppose
I do not think the Federal Government should have any role in determining what marriage is.

MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES

“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 beliefs?

Yes, they should.

DEATH PENALTY

  • The death penalty in the United States should:

Be used more

REGULATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by Initiative 502.  The drug though is considered dangerous by many, including the FDAthe AMA, and The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  The White House Office of National Drug Policy opposes the legalization of the drug for public health reasonsCitizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (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 herehere and here 

  • What is your position on the legal production, processing and sale of recreational marijuana in Washington State?

Oppose

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMENTS


  • What office (district and position) are you running for?

United States Senate

  • Please state your qualifications for office such as professional, educational, family and community accomplishments. You may also add any further comments regarding the relationship of your candidacy to respect life issues.

First, the Constitution states that in order to be a US Senator, you need to be a citizen for 9 years, and at least 30 years old.  I meet those requirements.  I actually meet the requirements to be President (35 years old and born in the US).  I believe that our founders wanted citizen legislators not career politicians.  However, I will provide you with my background to explain my experiences that prepared me for this position.

I am an Airborne infantry veteran, and a 28 year veteran of the Seattle Police Department.  I am a Captain in the Department.  I am currently the Night duty Commander of the Department (the highest ranking officer in the city).  I have been wearing a uniform my entire adult life defending America and our communities.  I have had to make possible life and death decisions, and this experience has given me the ability to make sound decisions.  I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in psychology.  I am a Christian and member of Sunrise Baptist Church.

I am married with four children.  My oldest son is a West Point graduate and currently a First Lieutenant in the Army.  My oldest daughter is a college graduate and working in the tech field.  My next son is a sophomore in college, and my youngest daughter will be going into the 8th grade.  My wife is a small business owner.

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