When I ran for office in 2020 I did not disclose my opinions on abortion because it was a federal issue that was not relevant to the office I was seeking. The first thing to understand about abortion in our political culture is that it is a wedge issue. Democrats and Republicans often cynically use this issue to trick people into voting for bad candidates. For many voters Abortion is the main issue to them and they are willing to accept other horrible policies positions and corrupt politicians if their candidate aligns on this one issue.
I know it will turn many voters away, but I am not an extremist on the issue of abortion. For those Americans looking for a candidate to hate the half of Americans who fall on one side of this issue, its not me. I have been and will be an activist on the issues of bodily autonomy and the protection of innocent human life. Abortion is the intersection of these two very important issues and I believe people in good faith may come down on either side of this issue, based on when they personally believe human life begins. I want to unite society on peaceful common ground instead of creating an enemy to advocate for state force or violent against those we disagree with.
As I lay out my position I want everyone to understand that I am guided education as a biologist, a high regard for the lives of all human beings, and a high regard for bodily autonomy. I reject government force being used to tax the wealth of those who identify as Pro-Life to pay for abortions services and I reject government force being used against private medical choices. You own yourself. You own your body and you do not own anyone else’s body. We have a societal disagreement on where that line of someone’s right to their own body ends and where a child’s life begins.
My Democrat opponent says abortion access is under attack in Washington State. I ask you, by which branch of government? By Jay Inslee’s governship? By the Washington State Courts? By our Democratic majority Senate? By our Democratic majority House? Which of their fellow Democrats is attacking abortion? Or is this an excuse to distract from their policy failures? Rampant crime and injustice, homelessness, and poverty. Those issues are my legislative focus.