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State Senate 24

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Support
Though heart wrenching to know a human being could lose a chance at life, I supported because the decision left the mother with the option to choose abortion or not. Also, it leaves the law the option to step in and save the child's life under certain conditions. It's about having a choice to choose.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Oppose
Opposed because religious studies all my life have taught same sex marriage goes against the biblical law. However, it's about the person not having the rights taken away to choose. Therefore, just as the decision allows a couple to choose same sex marriage without apprehension from the public, the same decision should make sure the choice still remains for religious believers not to participate at all. In Obergefell v. Hodges only same sex marriage is given the choice.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Oppose
Opposed because the people went to the polls as a whole and chose to legalize medical marijuana. Studies have shown there is a great healing power associated with the use of medical marijuana for chronic pain. It's side effects are minimal compared to other pain relieving medicines. To prohibit the smoking of medical marijuana when the voters have chosen to vote for it, takes away the voters' right to choose.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Support
Again, it is about every person still having their right to choose without being prosecuted for doing so unless the decision goes against the standing law as a whole. Discrimination, for instance, regardless of choosing, should never be supported.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Oppose
Doctors are in practice to come up with every avenue to save life not end it or at least make pain tolerable enough until the Creator makes the decision when life will end. With this being said, it is still a choice to make but perhaps only if the mind is in a reasonable state to make the decision.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

6. Privacy: Requiring individuals who choose to use changing facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers in public schools, colleges, and government buildings to use the facility designated for their biological sex.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Support
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Oppose
Opposed because even though a fan of having a choice, this option is causing a lot of great schools to have to close their doors due to low student to teacher ratio. It then becomes unfair to those students who do not wish to be enrolled in schools anywhere in Arkansas.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

8. Tort Lawsuits: Limiting noneconomic damages awarded in lawsuits to $500,000 or less in cases of severe injury or death caused by negligence or misconduct.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Support
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Support
Sexual orientation, in this case, though a choice, is still surrounding the life of a human being, which in turn is a citizen and voter and therefore, should be added to the list of protected classes.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Support
This is what the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was started in the first place for, scholarships.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
It seems everything has been tried to stop illegal immigrants from entering the state except for making it legal with stipulations. For instance, after three years, no job, no education, then the next step is deportation.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Citizens purchasing over a certain number of designated guns and ammunition, decided by law, should automatically be placed in a registry to be immediately questioned as to why the purchase. This should even include law enforcement offices and the military. This issue here has got to be tightened up and monitored more intently.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Dorothy Cooper (Democrat)
Equality is needed in every area of law. Women, African Americans, teachers, single mothers, students, after all of these years are still feeling of having to deal with unequal pay compared to co-harts. These topics will certainly be a great place to start and with equality in mind.
Keith Ingram (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.