Candidate Name:
Judy Schwiebert

Website:
www.JudyForAZ.com

Position Sought:
State House

Legislative District:
20

 

Survey Responses:

Question 1:

Public tax dollars should not be used to fund private religious education, either directly through tax credit scholarships (STOs) or indirectly through vouchers (Empowerment Scholarship Accounts).

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

 None.

Question 2:

When it comes to government policy, health care decisions must be made in a religiously-neutral way based on science and evidence. When it comes to a woman’s health care decisions, the only beliefs that matter are hers. Lawmakers should not use their personal religious beliefs to dictate a woman’s access to reproductive health care.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

None.

Question 3:

A terminally ill, mentally capable person with a prognosis of six months or less to live should not have the option to request from their doctor a prescription for medication which they can choose to self-ingest to die peacefully.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

None.

Question 4:

Public schools should not teach “creationism” or “intelligent design” as viable alternatives to scientific theories on the origin of life.

Level of support:

(Answer not available.)

Comments:

N/A.

Question 5:

Religious institutions should not be exempt from the requirements and restrictions of tax policy that is imposed on all non-profit and charitable organizations.

Level of support:

7/10 (Agree)

Comments:

“I’m not sure at this time of what requirements and restrictions of tax policy apply. While I strongly agree that churches should not be used as a platform for partisan politics, there might be areas of tax policy unique to religious institutions that I would find reasonable.”

Question 6:

If a government meeting is opened with a prayer, it should be open and inclusive for representatives of all religious beliefs, including unpopular minority religions and people with no official beliefs or creed.

Level of support:

7/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“I might also support equitable opportunities for people of different religious beliefs to offer prayers from their own faith, as long as a wide variety of beliefs are included in the rotation of speakers – and as long as people of other faiths or no faith are not denigrated in that prayer.”

Question 7:

A statewide non-discrimination law is need to protect all Arizonans from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

 

Question 8:

A patient has a right to know if their health provider will refuse certain services, treatments, prescriptions, or withhold scientific information and options based on the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

None.

Question 9:

Comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education is a matter of public health and safety, and should be offered in public schools with parents having the right to opt out.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

None.

Question 10:

Public employees deserve a workplace free from religious proselytizing and pressure by the Governor, agency heads, municipal or county leaders, or other persons in authority in public spheres.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“People, including public employees, should be free to practice their own faith as part of their daily lives, but it must be in a way that is respectful of others with differing beliefs -or no faith. Workplaces should be places free from any kind of religious proselytizing or pressure.”

Question 11:

So-called “conversion therapy” is a pseudo-scientific practice attempting to “convert” LGBT individuals to become heterosexual. Practicing this on LGBT youth should be banned in Arizona.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“The facts have made clear that biology determines our sexual orientation, and that conversion therapy is indeed harmful. It should be banned.”

Question 12:

Religion is never an excuse to harm a child or allow harm to a child. Religious loopholes for medical neglect, physical abuse, and reporting requirements must be repealed.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly agree)

Comments:

None.

Question 13:

As a diverse and secular state, it is improper and unconstitutional for the government to direct taxpayer money to programs and institutions that discriminate on the basis of religion.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

None.

Question 14:

Solutions to the world’s greatest challenges must be guided by science and evidence. Lawmakers have a responsibility to recognize and act upon scientific consensus behind climate change.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“Science has demonstrated that climate change is an existential threat, and that humans contribute to it significantly. It is imperative that we address it immediately so that our children can have a sustainable future.”
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Question 15:

When a citizen convicted of a drug crime is sentenced to mandatory rehabilitation, the government must provide access to options that are evidence-based and free from religion.

Level of support:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“The freedom to choose is essential.”

Question 16:

Studying the Old and New Testaments of the Bible under the guise of literature and world history has no place in public school curriculum. The Bible can be discussed as part of a discussion on religions of the world and other religions are given equal time in the classroom.

Level of support:

8/10 (Agree)

Comments:

“Intent is everything. It is possible to read portions of the Old and New Testament as a part of world literature, just as Ancient Greek and Roman mythology is studied. If it is included in a study of literature, it must be part of a survey of religious or philosophical texts that includes a wide variety and makes no claim to scientific accuracy or allegiance to a theology.”