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Rick Hillenbrand

Election Information:

Party: 
Republican
District: 
88
Office: 
State House

Contact Information:

https://www.rick4wv88.com/
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100077309977330

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 believe life begins at conception, and that all life is valuable (even sacred). I recognize that sometimes difficult decisions have to be made and on rare occasions in order to save one life (the mother) a pregnancy might have to be terminated. E.g., an ectopic pregnancy. As heinous crimes that both incest and rape are, taking the life of any resulting unborn child is not appropriate - especially when adoption is one potential option if the mother does not want to keep the child. Allowing voluntary physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients might sound contrary to "Right to Life", but I believe that in some circumstances (such as terminal cancer, etc.) permitting an adult to make an informed decision with the assistance of their physician is more humane than to make the person suffer.
First Amendment
S O NR
4.
Conscience Rights for Creative Professionals: Allowing creative professionals (photographer, baker, wedding vendor) to decline to participate in events or create messages that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
X
5.
Conscience Rights for Faith-Based Organizations: Exempting faith-based organizations from regulations that cause them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
X
6.
Free Speech on Campus: Prohibiting speech zones or speech codes that restrict where students can discuss controversial or unpopular issues on college campuses.
X
7.
Donor Privacy: Protecting confidential donor information so individuals are able to privately support charities of their choice without fear of being doxed.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I'm a bit confused by the wording on #6. To be clear, I believe our college campuses should permit free speech as protected by the First Amendment without fear of repercussion.
Family
S O NR
8.
Women's Sports: Preventing biological males who identify as female from competing in women's sports.
X
9.
Gender Identity Counseling: Allowing parents to obtain 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 alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law.
X
Candidate's Comments:
Questions 8 & 10 can create a situation where if you believe (as I do) that individuals born as a biological male should not be able to compete in women's sports (question #8), it could be viewed as a form of discrimination by some (question #10). To be clear, I judge people as individuals and not based upon their "descriptors" such as race, sex (regardless), etc.. I am against discrimination as we define it today, but as stated above, I do not believe it is appropriate to allow an individual born as a biological male to compete in women's sports.
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.
Parental Rights for Opt-Out: Giving parents the ability to opt their children out of school materials and lessons to which the parents object.
X
13.
Critical Race Theory: Allowing schools to teach children that America's laws, policies, and society perpetuate systemic racism and that people are either oppressors or oppressed, or privileged or marginalized, based on their skin color.
X
14.
Parental Rights for Transparency in Education: Giving parents access to the curriculum and materials their children are learning in school and allowing them to decide whether or not their children should be exposed to certain ideas.
X
Health and Welfare
S O NR
15.
Medical Rights of Conscience: Allowing health care workers and providers the freedom to practice medicine in accordance with their personal beliefs and conscience.
X
16.
Parental Rights for Healthcare Disclosure: Requiring schools to disclose to parents if the school is providing counseling or medical services to a child who desires to undergo “gender transition.”
X
17.
Parental Rights for Mental Health Disclosure: Directing schools to inform parents of any mental, physical, or emotional health information and treatment that a child is receiving at school.
X