I am pro-choice because:
I support freedom of religion. Many pro-life advocates use religion to argue their reasons for their stance. In the United States, freedom of religion includes the protection of and protection from religion. This means that any individual’s religious beliefs have no authority over any other individual’s actions.
Illegal and unsafe abortions should never be the last resort. Abortions occurred before Roe v. Wade and will continue to occur if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Abortion must continue to be legal in order to protect the health of women.
A woman is an autonomous being and bodily autonomy is a basic human right. All women should have the power of making their own choices, decisions of their bodies, decisions of health care and, above all enjoy a right to privacy in making these choices.
A pregnancy should never be mandatory. Denying a woman of her right to choose is a reprehensible and cruel attempt to control her body. There are boundless reasons as to why a woman may not be capable of carrying a fetus, should not carry a fetus or simply does not want to carry a fetus. These reasons, however, should not matter.
Which life has more intrinsic value, and who has the right to decide? The fetus of a pregnancy that very well may kill a woman with preeclampsia, a fetus resulting from a rape or incest, or the fetus of a woman who is unable to afford prenatal care? And what about the woman? Regardless of her reason to abort, denying a woman of that personal choice would effectively deny her of the most basic human liberties.
It is time for men to stop dictating the actions of women. If a person does not have the female reproductive organs required to become pregnant, then it is not their place to preach about the morality of pregnancy and choice. Men have no place to control the reproductive rights of women. If you are a man who disapproves of abortion, you can do your part by not impregnating women. In a country where the legislating body of our government is primarily composed of men, it is unjust to limit the reproductive rights of the underrepresented women.
LGBTQ+ Rights / Same-Sex Marriage
Many people around the world and in the US face violence and inequality because of who they love, how they look or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.
The case that allowed for the legalization of same-sex marriage was, in part, decided on the same right to privacy as Roe v. Wade. Legal scholars have warned that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade it could have widespread implications.
Republicans may look to overturn other laws that are unpopular among conservatives. Gay rights, contraceptives, certain fertility treatments and even interracial marriage are at risk.
I promise to represent all people in my district regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or sexual identity. I will fight for your right to privacy and quality of life.
NOT Gun Control ; Gun Safety Gun Responsibility
How can we solve the problem of gun violence?
Engage responsible gun dealers and owners in solutions. Insist on mandatory training and licensing for owners. Require safe and secure gun storage. Underlying contributors to gun violence: systematically reduce risks and increase resilience in individuals, families, and communities.
I am a gun owner and respect the 2nd Amendment. I think it’s agreed that we can’t take guns away from people who already have them, but I believe there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure that guns are in the hands of those people responsible and sane enough to own them.
Standard gun control laws for the whole country – this way people in states with lax gun laws won’t be supplying guns to criminals in states with strict laws.
Second, federal gun control laws should include background checks on all purchasers of any type of gun, and closing all loopholes, including on-line buying and gun shows.
Here I am at the Washington Arms & Knife Show supporting gun owners’ rights at the Grays Harbor Fair Grounds. I was the only Representative of District 24 to show up and support all gun owners located in Washington State and all over the United States.
Defunding the police or police reform:
With the deaths of unarmed Black Americans, at the hands of police, this is leading to calls for sweeping police reform.
I do not believe that defunding the police is the answer, however, I do believe we have room for some police reform.
Considerations should include reforming qualified immunity, creating national standards for training and de-escalation, restructuring civilian payouts for police misconduct, addressing officer wellness, changing police culture to protect civilians and police.
In 1999, Initiative 695, and in 2002, Initiative 776, and in 2019, Initiative 976 were voted on to repeal vehicle registration fees to a $30 cap. The initiative was passed in 2019 but was later declared unconstitutional by the Washington State Supreme Court.
I support adjusting vehicle registration fees to be more in line with what other states charge. This would help the citizens of Washington in making ends meet with the rising costs of housing, utilities, fuel and food.