I AM BACK TO REPRESENT YOU IN 2023:

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My 2022 Education webpage is being added this month.  This picture of West Point Junior High School was taken on June 1, 2018, almost four years ago.  I have been concerned for years about the impact of community growth has on our over-crowded classrooms and antiquated and wasteful school designs.

Utah House District 13 needs a Representative who has been consistently laser-focused on the real issues of our community.

Now in the fifth year dedicated as a candidate to representing you and our neighborhoods at our State Legislature and informing you and our own community about our issues and concerns, I have returned to about 5,000 homes so far this year with the results of my "second" Legislative District-wide resident survey of our 12,000+ homes in Utah House District 13, an update to my 2019 survey.  This month, I have uploaded my 2022 Education webpage.  Over the next five months, I will post the rest of the individual webpages addressing the most pressing issues that residents of Utah House District 13 have told me are of the utmost concern.  This is REAL representation and how I will stand up for you.  Many of you can look forward to seeing me again and visiting your home for the ninth time in the coming months to come.

                                                        TAB L. UNO

2021 Community Resident Survey Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limitations and Qualifications.   The statistical results shown above were compiled informally between July 2021 to February 2022 from a universal population of visiting every home (except those for sale) approximating over 12,000 residences in Utah House District 13 as defined by the Davis County Commission prior to the State Legislature's redistricting resolution that will change State Legislative District boundaries for 2023.  Eight hundred and fifty-four residents responded who offered 1,229 comments which excluded other responses because of the impossibility of accurately transcribing my shaky hand-written notes.  The responses not used amounted to about five percent of the total responses that occurred in a random fashion.  Visits between this candidate and residents occurred primarily during the day between Monday and Saturday, the population tended more towards females and senior citizens.  Thus there is the likelihood that the results shown above are likely representative of our community in general as the tendency of a liberal orientation of women is likely offset by the more conservative tendency of older residents.  The "Growth" category is a combined category of the inter-related issues that oftentimes were discussed together by many residents.  It includes sum totals from the transportation, environment, housing, and growth issue categories.  Some of the more prominent issues that are included in the Other category included:  Crime (30); Separation of Church and State (23); Urban Farms (12); Social Services, including Mental Health (12); Legalization of Marijuana (11); and Immigration (8).

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August 2020 Campaign Video

LIVING IN A PRO-LIFE SOCIETY

June 2022

Roe v. Wade is likely to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and give back the authority to oversee abortion policy to the individual states.  Abortion instead of becoming less of a political and moral issue will likely now be front and center in the upcoming 2023 Utah State Legislature.  Utah House District 13 needs to be prepared for this huge change to pro-life.

 

THE PROBLEM

 

Senate Bill 174 passed by the Utah State Legislature in 2020 created a trigger law that will go into effect as soon as the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.  In realistic terms, it is unlikely that this pro-life law will be repealed, anytime soon, and it will restrict abortion from conception with exceptions for

 

  • rape,

  • incest,

  • danger to the life of the mother, or

  • gross abnormalities of the fetus

 

but only to the extent that medical providers can be criminally charged with a felony if they perform an abortion.  The law does not prohibit Utah pregnant women from getting an abortion either self-induced or going out of state.

How a pro-life society will look like in Utah depends on how Utahns really approach pro-life issues surrounding the unborn and the mother who apparently for whatever reason does not want her unborn fetus.  How far should government get involved in a pro-life society?

THE SOLUTION

If elected, I will hold a number of town hall meetings throughout House District 13 during November, December, and early January with the possible use of a facilitator, now a bioethics professor, from the University of Utah (whom I took undergraduate classes from during the 1970s) to obtain a resident consensus on the following talking points and approaches to addressing abortion in a pro-life era.  I am neither endorsing nor opposing any of the talking points below.  Instead, I am introducing them so that our community can hold a respectful dialogue on an important social and moral issue:

  • How serious a crime would be warranted for black-market, underground unlicensed Utah abortion providers that likely place both the mother and her unborn at risk?  S.B. 174 does not address this situation for non-medical providers.  Should a special state abortion unit be created to receive reports and monitor illicit abortion activities? 

  • If the abortion ban exemptions for rape and incest were to be repealed by the Utah State Legislature, what responsibility should a rapist or incestuous father be required to provide to the unborn and post-delivery child, if any?

  • What responsibility should the future estate of an unborn have for the compensation of the death of its mother during pregnancy, if any? 

  • Should a mother having an abortion be charged with a crime, if so should it be a misdemeanor or felony?   Should there be a fine and, if so, how much?  Should there be a jail term, if so how long?  This action would deter women who can afford to get an abortion by traveling out of state.  Will we need to have border inspections at our airports and state lines of pregnant women going out of state to obtain abortions?  Or should all medical doctors be required to report a pregnancy diagnosis and later submit a birth certificate to a state database?  Should businesses selling pregnancy tests be required to obtain the personal information of the buyer and report such purchases to the state?

  • Should parents of a pregnant woman, the biological father, or other accomplices helping with an abortion be criminally charged?

  • Should there be Increased availability of sex education classes for young girls and boys (with or without parental consent)?

  • Do we provide free confidential pregnancy testing and counseling for any female after beginning menstruation who wants one?

  • Can we increase contraception availability and pre-natal and post-natal planning?  Encouraging pregnancy testing as soon as feasible after sex to determine if aid for prenatal care and baby disposition arrangements will be necessary?

  • Who is responsible for the cost of prenatal care for unwanted babies, especially where mothers do not have the income nor interest in affording quality care?  To what extent should the biological father be forced to help and to what extent?  If such mothers and fathers are negligent should they be charged with fetal abuse and face jail time?  What happens to the unborn in the meantime?

  • What does society want to do with the unwanted babies once they are born?  Who is responsible?

  • Should mothers of unwanted unborn fetuses be eligible for paid family leave for absences during their pregnancy from work or school, when medically necessary, and, if so, how would it be paid? 

  • Would women who want an abortion but are unable to obtain one be eligible for special services under Section 504 or Americans with Disability Act (ADA) so they can continue to receive an education or go to work with disability accommodations?

  • Is it appropriate to provide state financial assistance for pregnant women (who wanted to have an abortion) to receive medical care, prenatal care, delivery costs, and counseling and using such a program as a model policy for insurance companies to adopt to help with unwanted pregnancies?

  • What about developing a state-wide network to connect couples who want a child but cannot conceive a baby with those mothers who do not want them and arrange for no-cost or low-cost legal arrangements and counseling, including the development of governmental and private insurance coverage?

  • Could we allow for embryo transplants to willing female recipients and seek changes in insurance policy coverage?

  • Should we ban the possible black market, profit-making baby industry, making it a crime to pay for prenatal care, delivery, and selling of babies of mothers to other people who want children.

  • How should we regulate for-profit businesses or non-profit businesses that provide assistance to unwed mothers who need to carry their unborn child to term, delivery, and arrange for the legal transfer of a baby as compassionately as possible to a new parent?  

There are no easy answers.  However, what must be done is coming up with a healing, compassionate process that will address the real practical matters dealing with a pro-life paradigm shift in Utah.  Just saying "no" to "pro-life" will not work in Utah.  The time for debate and talk about a right to an abortion is likely over in Utah for now.  Instead Utahns and pregnant women will require "real practical" solutions in a pro-life society that will directly impact their lives for the better!

[In July, this Abortion platform will become part of the HEALTH CARE webpage when it is published].

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