From Senator Bonham: Protect Our Children from Sex Traffickers and Pedophiles

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Senator Daniel Bonham

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Protect our children from sex traffickers and pedophiles

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, making the concept of keeping children safe top of mind. I want to share my deep concerns about HB 2002, the most extreme abortion and gender-altering bill in our country right now. Watch my remonstrance here.

HB 2002 has the government taking the place of parents by removing the age of consent requirements for “reproductive health care,” which includes abortion, transgender surgeries, and hormone replacement drugs. It creates secrecy between parents and children when there should be none.

As we know, the human brain is not fully developed until around 25 years old. Children do not have the neurological capacity to make these lifelong decisions and need their guardians' advice and input. In fact, with this bill, children will need more parental oversight to join a t-ball league than to have irreversible procedures done.

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As soon as the government steps in, insidious opportunities for pedophiles, sex traffickers, and kidnappers crop up.

In Eugene, an educator asked students to complete a sexual writing assignment. And we know certain educators will socially transition a child without alerting their guardians at home as the topics about the "gender spectrum" are taught to kindergarteners. 

The President of the United States recently stated, “There's no such thing as someone else's child… Our nation's children are all our children." I vehemently disagree with that statement. 

Parents are financially, legally, and morally responsible for their children. This should be an inalienable understanding about the relationship between parent and child. I find it extraordinarily disturbing that the majority party seeks to protect their activist agenda at the expense of children's lives.

The government is not a parent; it never has been and never will be.

Keep the Kicker

Be sure to keep your eyes on the Kicker. 

With the full legislature at the whim of the majority party, bills can move lightning fast. These bills are SRJ 26 and SB 774 and they would deny Oregonians their much-deserved $5,200 (average per household) personal kicker refunds and redirect that money to grow an already bloated state bureaucracy.

Between 2001 and 2021, Oregon’s budget more than tripled from $34.1 billion to $121.2 billion per biennium - signifying an insane expansion of government that demonstrates the legislature's insatiable appetite to spend.

Each biennium, the sitting governor proposes an aspirational budget, and it is up to the legislature to create a framework and ultimately pass the final budget.


The process repeats itself every two years.

Constituent Moments


Thank you to my constituents, Laurie Miller of Hood River and Kim Vogel of The Dalles, for visiting!

We talked about their volunteer work and thoughts on legislation that could benefit Oregonians residing in long-term care facilities.

These Ombudsman program volunteers advocate for their fellow community members who live in care facilities, and a number of them used their voices to advocate for care facility residents/community members. 

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Until then,

Senator Daniel Bonham, District 26

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1726
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-423​​, Salem, OR, 97301