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This official statement comes from the Elect.Rauterkus.com campaign.
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Planned Parenthood Western Pennsylvania Action Fund =Edit

General Assembly Candidate Questionnaire 2006 Edit

Candidate: Mark Rauterkus

Candidate for PA Senate in 42nd District

Party: Independent

Campaign Manager: Vicki Dusch

Campaign Address: 108 South 12th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

E-Mail: Mark @ Rauterkus.com

Website: http://Elect.Rauterkus.com

Phone: 412 298 3432

Fax: none

Contact: Mark Rauterkus

The candidate must sign and date this form to signify agreement with all statements made. Please also initial each page. Please answer all questions, and please print or type. We welcome additional comments and clarifications.

I certify by my signature that I have read and agree with the statements I have checked and/or the written comments I have made on the attached questionnaire.

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If you do not want Planned Parenthood Western PA Action Fund’s endorsement, please check here:Edit

Information about the issues raised in the following questions can be found in the enclosed fact sheet. Please fax your responses to Jodi Hirsh at 412-434-8974. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Director of Public Affairs at 412-434-8957, ext. 123, or jhirsh@ppwpaf.org.

The Planned Parenthood Western Pennsylvania Action Fund (PPWPAF) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the political arm of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. PPWPAF engages in educational and electoral activity including voter education campaigns, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy. PPWPAF is a non-partisan political action committee committed to supporting pro-choice, pro-family planning candidates for Pennsylvania office.

I. PREVENTING UNINTENDED PREGNANCYEdit

1.Do you support state funding for comprehensive family planning? (These services do not include abortion.) Support  Oppose 

2.Would you support an increase in state spending for family planning services?Edit

Support  Oppose 

3.Do you support comprehensive confidential family planning services to teens?Edit

Support  Oppose 

4.Do you support the teaching of responsible, age-appropriate sex education, including information about both abstinence and contraception, in public schools?Edit

Support  Oppose 

5.Do you support state-funding of “abstinence only” education?Edit

Support  Oppose 

6.Do you support requiring insurers to cover all FDA-approved prescription contraceptives in the same way they cover other prescription drugs?Edit

Support  Oppose 

7.Do you support legislation that would guarantee that pharmacists cannot refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control medication, including Emergency Contraception (the “morning after pill”)? Edit

Support  Oppose 

8.Do you support legislation that would require all hospitals in Pennsylvania to provide Emergency Contraception (the “morning after pill”) to victims of sexual assault? Edit

Support  Oppose 

II. SAFE, LEGAL ABORTIONEdit

1.Planned Parenthood believes that women have the right to obtain a medically safe, legal abortion under the standards set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Roe v. Wade decision. Do you support this position?Edit

Yes  No 

2.If, under the new makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade were to be overturned and/or severely weakened and the right to obtain an abortion came under the jurisdiction of the state of Pennsylvania, would you vote to further restrict the rights of Pennsylvania women seeking abortions? Edit

Yes  No 

3.Would you vote to outlaw abortion in Pennsylvania?Edit

Yes  No 

4.Do you support a woman’s right to choose the abortion method she and her physicians deem safest for her individual health and needs?Edit

Yes  No 

5.Do you support the restoration of Medical Assistance coverage of abortion for low-income women to ensure that they have equal access to choose abortion?Edit

Yes  No 

6.Do you oppose requiring a mandatory 24-hour delay prior to obtaining an abortion?Edit

Yes  No 

7.Do you oppose Pennsylvania's mandatory parental consent statute?Edit

Yes  No 

8.Do you oppose the state-mandated lecture prior to having an abortion?Edit

Yes  No 

9.Do you oppose a policy that would prohibit any family planning center that receives Pennsylvania state funds from providing abortions services and even providing counseling and referral information about abortion, even if patients ask for such assistance and such assistance is paid for with non-governmental funds?Edit

Yes  No 

10.Do you support the enactment and enforcement of laws that help prevent violence, intimidation, and harassment specifically directed at reproductive health providers and their patients?Edit

Yes  No 

11.Would you support a woman’s right to choose by voting against legislation that creates separate legal rights for fetuses, distinct from those of the pregnant woman? Edit

Yes  No 

12.Planned Parenthood believes in the right to sexual and reproductive self-determination and that the free expression of one’s own human sexuality is central to being fully human. Therefore, we oppose legislation such as the Marriage Protection Act (HB2381/SB1084) which would prohibit the recognition of any relationship for any purpose for unmarried people, such as denying domestic partner benefits to same sex couples or heterosexual unmarried couples. Although the reproductive health questions will be the focus for our endorsements and voter's guide information, we would also like to know your opinion on this issue. Would you oppose legislation such as HB2381/SB1084? Edit

Yes  No 

Candidate Signature & Date Edit

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