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State Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls)Gage Skidmore / flickr

(LifeSiteNews) – Did you have on your 2023 bingo card that Oregon Republicans and Independents would successfully stand up for hard-working Oregonians in a leftist-controlled state? Over ten days ago, I hit back against Oregon’s majority Democrats and their lawlessness with 12 of my fellow Republican and Independent State Senators.

We decided enough is enough; it’s been decades of Democrats running rough-shod over Oregon’s Constitution with poorly written bills that ignore Oregon’s Constitutional rule Article IV, Section 21 and subsection 5 of Senate Rule 13.02 and ORS 171.134 and behaving as if they are above the law by pursuing extreme, special interest-laden agendas all on the backs of hard-working Oregonians and their constitutional rights.

Oregon’s State Senate has a quorum rule which requires 20 out of 30 senators to be in attendance before business can take place.

Stopping the legislative process, due to a lack of quorum, is not “unconstitutional.” It is a tool that has been used throughout history, including by Oregon’s Democrats, to prevent the tyranny of the majority and protect the rights of the minority. There is no constitutional requirement for anyone to provide a quorum.

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There are countless reasons to conclude modern sex-education is less about critical thinking and more about indoctrinating and sexualizing children at as young an age as possible.

Consider these 3 questions: 

  • Why are politicians around the world pushing radical transgender theories on children as young as 5? 
  • Why is the World Health Organization calling for 4 year-olds to be taught how to masturbate?
  • Why are children in schools being shown graphic images of sex and told anything goes so long as consent is established, if not to encourage our sons and daughters to become sexually active? 

A sane society would try to shield impressionable children from becoming sexualized, and encourage them not to watch pornography, take puberty blockers or mutilate their genitalia, but our schools increasingly promote these behaviors.

In reality, the media, most politicians, and many education chiefs are obliterating a parent's ability to protect their child's innocence and identity. 

We must realize: these elites want children to have THEIR values, not YOURS. SIGN THE PLEDGE!

The results of this explicit, inappropriate sex-saturated culture and education have been startling: there have never been more children claiming to be transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual, nor have we ever seen such high levels of sexual assaults by minors.

Countless politicians, media personalities and education chiefs are too busy promoting woke trends to realize that sexualizing minors amounts to grooming, and has devastating consequences in many cases.

Children whose inhibitions are broken down risk addiction to pornography, teenage pregnancy, STDs, gender dysphoria, online shaming, and a whole host of other negative outcomes. 

Parents, not the government, must be in control of what their child is taught about sex.

Just listen to the type of materials public schools in the U.S. are promoting: 

That's why we are asking you to sign the Parents' Pledge that you will pull your children out of sex-education classes if your school chooses to sexualize your child.

The Parents' Pledge is our best chance of winning back our children's schools before they're entirely lost to radical sex-obsessed teachers' unions who are foisting these curricula on teachers.

Do you really want other adults deciding what your child is exposed to? Of course not.

Please share this brand new grassroots Parents' Pledge with like-minded parents and join a growing movement of mothers and fathers who are wise to the threat of their child being led into sexual activity.



Most teachers are disturbed by their unions' push to sexualize children

Planned Parenthood tells middle-schoolers about avoiding parental consent for abortion and contraception

The corrupting influence of sex-education is causing widespread abuse among school children 

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Last year, the Democrat majority crafted a newly minted Constitutional amendment that limits legislators to only 10 unexcused absences. If a senator exceeds that limit, he or she will be barred from holding office in the next term, following the current term. If it comes down to it, I am willing to sacrifice my eligibility because I will not bow my knee to the unconstitutional, illegal, and unscientific demands of today’s Democrat majority.

Today, Oregon’s Democrats are pushing an extremist bill that prohibits parental consent for or knowledge regarding any child, regardless of age, who might receive an abortion. It also prohibits all parents from being informed about their 15-year-old minor children who might be receiving irreversible sex-change treatments and procedures.

I think this is an unconscionable standard and it causes one to question why all other adults, particularly those with hidden or monetary interests, would have access to this information but not Mom or Dad. This is a very focused and purposeful version of government censorship leveled against parents that simultaneously authorizes government disruption of the nuclear family and the takeover parental rights.

It promotes the Biden administration’s faulty accusation that caring parents are “domestic terrorists” by painting all parents, in every circumstance, as untrustworthy. The bill makes it illegal to inform parents of all reproductive or gender-altering “care” provided to their minor children. How does a random adult – teacher, principal, nurse, physician, pharmacist, or hospital receptionist – have more influence than a child’s parent or legal guardian in the rightful lineup for medical decision making? These other adults will simply collect their pay and go home, while parents and their children will be forced to deal with the life-long consequences of this guidance and secrecy.

This brings Biden’s recent comments about how there’s “no such thing as someone else’s child” to a new light. Oregon’s government wants ownership of these kids.

Most Oregonians agree this is a twisted bill, and pro-lifers are on the right side of history, as is evidenced by the thousands of emails I’ve gotten thanking me for walking out and halting the legislative process.

In Oregon, a woman can abort her baby at every step along the journey, from conception all the way through the third trimester and up to the last minute of the pre-birth moment. Additionally, the SCOTUS Dobbs decision has no impact on Oregon State law; Democrats codified the “right” to abortion years ago.

The bill the Democrats are pushing does change Oregon law by allowing government and state actors, as well as a 10-year-old girl and her potential trafficker, to hide a traumatic abortion procedure from her parents.

Why do we require parental consent regarding dental work, eyeglasses, or the delivery of a Tylenol tablet? This is a run-away healthcare agenda funded by the medical industrial complex and it is child abuse top to bottom.

Tyranny is born through the abandonment of legal, traditional, and historic norms for life and livelihood. Our families have historically been the primary source for instilling human dignity, virtue, and values which propagate through our communities with generational flourishing. Our fight in Oregon is about children, their families, and their parents’ Natural and Divine rights.

I will not aid and abet the culture of corruption, which has fully captured the Oregon government. I will stand firm and let the truth ring loud and clear.

State Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls) represents hard-working Oregonians in District 28, encompassing parts of Southern and Central Oregon. He serves as the Republican Caucus Whip and has been a state senator for 6 years. Linthicum is a lifelong advocate for pro-life causes.