Candidate Name:
Sharon Girard

Website:
www.girardforarizona.com

Position Sought:
State House

Legislative District:
8

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 capabable 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:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

Only science based fact should be taught in school. If parents want to teach religion they may at home or move their child to a private religious school.”

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:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

None.

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:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“All religious and non religious beliefs should be included. It is offensive to many when phrases such as ‘in Jesus name is used’. Not everyone believes in Jesus or even believes in God and these beliefs must be respected.” [sic]

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:

None.

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:

“As a retired healthcare provider I had an ethical duty to treat my patient no matter what. It is unethical to withhold treatment based on religious or other beliefs. I have treated criminals and many people I have not agreed with. I believe that a provider who refuses to perform services is in violation of their license and should be brought up on ethics charges. They took an oath to treat patients without judgement.  That being said they can refuse to treat if they can find someone immediately to take over that care. If they cannot they are in violation. I also agree that all patients should know that their provider may refuse to treat them because of held beliefs.”

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:

“The only way to prevent disease, encourage a healthy lifestyle, increase our lifespan and promote public health is with this type of sex education mandated in public schools.”

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:

“There must be separation of church and state.”

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:

“This is not outlawed in Arizona and must be.”

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:

“This is a form of child abuse and neglect.”

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:

“We have a moral and ethical duty to act now.”

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:

None.

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:

10/10 (Strongly Agree)

Comments:

“A religious text should not be studied in a public school unless it is being studied as part of a class on world religions.”