New Hampshire lawmaker opposes fourth graders’ bird bill with antiabortion rant

You’ll never guess which political party he’s a member of. No, wait, you will.

Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester) also opposed the bill by making a bizarre reference to abortion.

“As I was doing the research on this bill, I watched a couple of videos,” Groen said. “Its known for its extremely strong and sharp talons, with which it grasps its prey. It uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victim to shreds, tearing it apart limb by limb. I guess the shame about making this a state bird is that it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood.”

The bill ultimately failed to receive approval by a 160-133 vote. But it was comments like Groen’s that left some fellow legislators, including Bartlett, demanding he apologize.