Ben Bierly

Election Information:

Party: 
Republican
District: 
43
Office: 
State Senate

Contact Information:

https://www.ben4illinois.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BenBierlyforILStateSenate43
@benbierly

Survey Responses:

S = Support
O = Oppose
NR = No Response
Life
S O NR
1.
Prohibiting Abortion: Prohibiting abortion except when necessary to save the mother’s life.
X
2.
Taxpayer Funded Abortion: Allowing taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that provide abortion.
X
3.
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Allowing voluntary physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I value life in all its forms and find any delineation in when life is valued and worthy of protection as arbitrary and capricious. I do not support physician-assisted suicide because in countries where it has existed it always ends in others making the decision to terminate someone's life early.
First Amendment
S O NR
4.
Creative Professionals Violating Conscience: Requiring creative professionals (photographer, baker, wedding vendor) to participate in events or create messages that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
X
5.
Conscience Rights: Faith-Based Organizations: Exempting faith-based organizations from regulations that cause them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
X
6.
Campus Free Speech: Prohibiting speech zones or speech codes that restrict where students can discuss controversial or unpopular issues on college campuses.
X
7.
Social Media Viewpoint Neutrality: Requiring viewpoint neutrality on large social media platforms (Facebook/Twitter/Google) by prohibiting them from censoring viewpoints or messages they disagree with or find offensive.
X
Candidate's Comments:
While I don't support net neutrality, I do support banning content discrimination. In all cases, I support people making their own decisions on with whom they do business. Speech restrictions on campus (not in a classroom during instruction) are a violation of the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.
Family
S O NR
8.
Women’s Sports: Preventing biological males who identify as female from competing in women’s sports.
X
9.
Parental Rights in Gender Identity Counseling: Allowing parents to get professional counseling for children struggling with gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.
X
10(a).
Protected Class for Sexual Orientation: Adding “sexual orientation” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law.
X
10(b).
Protected Class for Gender Identity: Adding “gender identity” as a protected class…
X
Candidate's Comments:
Those who start life as a biological male have an unfair physical advantage over women in sports. This is an issue of biology, not orientation. I support parental rights for all decisions impacting their children. With some exceptions (religion and military come to mind), I sexual orientation should not be a cause for discrimination. However, Gender identity is not logical or healthy. There are serious issues with privacy, etc. in adding gender identity as a protected class.
Education and Public Safety
S O NR
11.
School Choice: Allowing the use of tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts to cover the cost of children attending the school of their parents’ choice, including private schools.
X
12.
Homeschooling: Allowing parents to home school their children with minimal involvement from the state.
X
13.
Criminal Justice Reform: Changing the criminal justice system to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in prison and the cost of public safety.
X
Candidate's Comments:
Our K-12 education is in serious trouble! We need to find a way to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Homeschooling and vouchers make sense in addressing these two needs! I'm all for reducing non-violent offenders, but we also need to find a way to reduce recidivism. I am all for shortening sentences in conjunction with making educational and other goals while in incarceration.
Health and Welfare
S O NR
14.
Medical Rights of Conscience: Allowing health care workers and providers the freedom to practice medicine in accordance with their personal beliefs and conscience.
X
15.
Increasing Taxes: Increasing taxes on the wealthy to pay for more social programs.
X
16.
Medicare for All: Providing universal, state-run single-payer health care (also known as Medicare for All).
X
Candidate's Comments:
Increasing taxes has killed jobs here in Illinois and caused a net loss of population (immigration vs. emigration). This has left more burden on fewer people less able to afford it. The best health care can only be provided in a free market system. Cuba and Russia have had a single provider system for decades, but I'll bet you don't want to go there!