Whereas, the LP National platform states: 1.1 Self-Ownership
Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.
1.5 Parental Rights
Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs, provided that the rights of children to be free from abuse and neglect are also protected.
2.13 Health Care
We favor a free market health care system. Medical facilities, medical providers, and medical products (including drugs) must be freely available in the marketplace without government restrictions or licenses. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines. We oppose governments either mandating, or restricting voluntary access to, medical treatments or procedures including vaccines.
Whereas, children are not capable of consent; this is why we call them children (and not adults).
Whereas, Libertarians fully support the right of adults to transition or undergo any medical treatment they desire to. We support all members of the LGBT+ community to live their lives as they see fit. All individuals have the same rights.
Whereas,child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.
Whereas,according a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, and Evolutionary Biologist Heather Heying PHD Univ of Michigan, adolescents with gender dysphoria (GD) treated with gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog (GnRHa) therapy are temporarily sex-steroid deprived until the addition of cross-sex hormones (CSH) and they have a measurable decrease in their bone mass density. It also has negative effects on several physiological parameters, including blood volume, cholesterol and several other hormones. Furthermore, giving GnRH at onset of puberty affects cognitive function in an animal model (sheep), impairing spatial memory. Less concerning, but also permanent, testosterone therapy for trans male children post puberty will have already caused facial hair growth and lowered the voice. There is a lot that is not known about the long term effects of transitioning children. A lot of this is due to the fact it has only started becoming prevalent in recent years. Some though is already clear:
Whereas, intervening at an early age with experimental and disruptive medical practices for all the children who declare themselves trans, risks harm to a large number of non-trans people for life.
If the risks have to be weighed:
Failing to intervene at an early age, such that a tiny number of actual trans people begin physical transition later and come to be a less good fit for their internally perceived sex; or
Permanently disrupt normal development for children who were merely exploring their identity.
The treatments for people who are trans—puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery—have permanent costs. For the vast majority of children and youth who are merely exploring identity and belief, doing what children do—those costs are unacceptable. We now live in a culture where public schools are teaching students in elementary schools that they may not be the correct sex. It is entirely possible for children to say they are not the correct gender now, and realize they were wrong later. It is also very possible for parents to convince or coerce their children into transitioning to the opposite sex. This could be because they are ashamed to have a gay or lesbian child, or because they think it is politically fashionable. In either case, this is child abuse.
Whereas, even if the child stops short of surgical transition, they run a great risk of becoming infertile, especially biological females. One is generally able to conceive and carry children about 18 months after stopping testosterone therapy, although there is no guarantee that the reproductive system will still function correctly. Trans men on testosterone treatments often have an elevated risk of developing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which usually causes infertility. There are also increased risks of birth defects after lengthy testosterone therapy. For trans female children, stopping estrogen therapy for a period of time may allow sperm production to resume, although it may not be at a sufficient level to produce a pregnancy without assisted reproduction, if at all.
If done pre-puberty, without having gone through natal puberty, anatomical males will not produce sperm and anatomical females will not have eggs capable of maturing for fertilization.
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, the Libertarian Party of Oregon considers both transitional hormone therapy and surgical gender re-assigment surgery on children to be child abuse.
Whereas, foreign aid is stealing money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries.
Whereas, Libertarians realize that nearly always every actor on both sides of every war is a state. States are evil organizations that seek to enrich their own wealth and power with no regard for the cannon fodder that fights their wars.
Whereas, further escalation in Ukraine risks the possibility of an all out war between NATO, Russia, and Russia’s allies.
It is therefore resolved: The LPO PPB supports the Rage Against The War Machine Protest being jointly held by the National Libertarian Party and The People’s Party being held on Feb 19 2023, and joins them in their demands:
Not One More Penny for War in Ukraine
Stop the War Inflation
Global Nuclear De-Escalation
Slash the Pentagon Budget
Abolish the CIA and Military-Industrial Deep State
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The Legislature hid this upcoming hearing about the Oregon State Police's administrative rules process on M114 by holding it under the "Senate Interim Committee on Judiciary and M110 Implementation" - so nobody is observing this is where the actual M114 work is taking place.
Today Richard Burke along with Annie Kallen, represented the Libertarian Party of Oregon at the annual “Democracy in Action” event hosted by Central Catholic High School in Portland Oregon. At this event, various public officials, political parties, and political organizations set up displays while students arrive and ask questions.
At this year’s event, the Libertarian Party’s table was one of the most popular with crowds asking questions and listening to answers throughout the event. Over the last ten years, the Libertarian Party of Oregon has been a fixture of this event.
To help demonstrate what is unique about the Libertarian Party of Oregon, we employed the well known quiz along with the nolan chart as is available from the Advocates for Self Government. In the attached photo, Richard Burke and Annie are shown second and third from the left.
Resolved that the Libertarian Party of Oregon; 1. Calls upon the State Legislature to enact legislation to prohibit the States’ National Guard and any member thereof to be deployed overseas in service of combat operations unless the U.S. Congress has declared war pursuant to Article I, § 8, Clause 15 of the U.S. Constitution, and only for the express and explicit purposes enumerated in the Constitution: to “execute the Laws of the Union,” repel an invasion, or suppress an insurrection; 2. Calls upon the Governor of Oregon not to comply with any order from the federal government to release the Oregon National Guard into federal service unless the U.S. Congress has declared war pursuant to Article I, § 8, Clause 15 of the U.S. Constitution, and only for the express and explicit purposes enumerated in the Constitution: to “execute the Laws of the Union,” repel an invasion, or suppress an insurrection; and 3. Further, calls upon the State to bring home said National Guard troops already so deployed to foreign conflicts immediately. Adopted date: 10/22/22 SECRETARY attest:
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED the Public Policy of the Libertarian Party of Oregon is to appeal to Governor Brown to commute all current death sentences before the end of her term of office; and,
It is FURTHER RESOLVED the Secretary of the Public Policy Board shall cause a copy of this resolution to be forwarded to Governor Brown, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Oregon American Civil Liberties Union, the Death Penalty Information Center, Oregonians for Alternatives for the Death Penalty, the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon, The Catholic Archbishop of Oregon, the Chair of the Oregon Board of Rabbis, and the Chair of the Libertarian National Committee; and,
It is FURTHER RESOLVED the Libertarian Party of Oregon may initiate or sign onto a joint public statement calling for a mass commutation of Oregon’s current death sentences and the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Oregon or others designated by the Chair of the Public Policy Board may submit Op/Eds to newspapers and speak to electronic media about this resolution.