Guam – The Esperansa Project is asking all candidates to submit their answers to a survey they are conducting on abortion, same sex unions divorce and the non-marital birth rate.
The survey includes 17 questions in all and candidates have been given until next Wednesday to respond.
The Esperansa Project bills itself as a group of local concerned citizens whose spokesperson is Dr. Marjorie DeBenedictis, an ophthalmologist.
The release states that the “mission” of Esperansa is to “effect positive legislation, and to do that we need to know who we are electing.”
In a release, DeBenedictis states “Candidate accountability is key to our long term goals. We are looking for people to put their name in writing next to their positions…We want to know specifically what a candidate will do if elected.”
In her release, DeBenedictis expresses concern that “Guam is perhaps the easiest place in the nation to get an abortion and a divorce. I’m not sure this is what we want Guam to be known for.”
DeBenedictis also is quoted as saying that Guam’s “out-of-wedlock birth rate is 1.5 times higher than the rest of the nation despite sex education in public schools and easy access to contraceptives.”