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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Oppose
Millions of lives have been lost because of the legalization of abortion and we as legislators should work to make abortions as rare as possible until one day our country decides to completely protect the lives of unborn children.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Oppose
I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage and that marriage should be between a man and a woman. As a legislator I will protect the rights of our pastors and ministers to hold to their beliefs and values and stand against efforts to force them to perform same-sex marriages.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Support
As we’ve seen from other states like Colorado, legalizing marijuana in any form has created numerous challenges. Now that it has been approved in Arkansas, legislators must do what we can to ensure medical professionals, police officers and local communities have the resources they need to protect our cities and counties.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Support
Medical professionals should not be required to check their religious beliefs at the door and should have the power to opt out of non-emergency treatments when it goes against their personal beliefs.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Oppose
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.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Support
School choice is already a reality in Arkansas. I would work with local schools, however, to address their concerns and ensure they have the necessary resources to educate their students.
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.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Oppose
I trust local juries and circuit judges to determine what compensation is best in each individual case. We shouldn’t treat all civil lawsuits the same.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Stan Berry (Republican)
Support
We should work with our lottery administrators to ensure more money from the lottery goes directly to our students – including non-traditional students who are seeking to start a new career and create better lives for their families.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Stan Berry (Republican)
We should work with our federal government and local law enforcement officers to ensure all laws are enforced with regard to immigration. We should stand against cities who seek to be “sanctuary cities” and violate federal and state laws. Additionally, we should make sure there is a clear path to citizenship for productive members of our society who want to become legal citizens of our country.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Stan Berry (Republican)
We need to better identify those who have the desire and mental capacity to cause harm to our students, allowing our teachers the freedom to identify students who are headed down a dangerous path. We need to better prepare our schools with counseling and resource officers who can engage with mentally disturbed people before violence occurs.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Stan Berry (Republican)
I would work with our local schools to pass legislation to remove red tape and function as independently as possible from the state. Rural schools should have a strong advocate in Little Rock to make sure they aren’t overburdened with unnecessary regulations. Additionally, having previously served in the House of Representatives on the Agriculture Committee, I would lead legislation that promoted better support for our farmers and growers. My record as a Pro-Life legislator would continue to be a guiding principle as I would work to reduce abortions in our state and stand against activist organizations that are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn children.