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Mar 23, 2015 11:38 AM

NH House clerk: Too late to discipline Groen for comments on 4th-graders' bill

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - It's too late to discipline a New Hampshire legislator for comments he made linking abortion to some fourth-graders' effort to name a state raptor.

The House of Representatives clerk says any discipline of Rep. Warren Groen had to happen when he made the comments on

Should the N.H. Legislature debate bills proposed by students?

March 12. Groen's words were widely distributed in a web video posted last week.

The students drafted a measure to name the red-tailed hawk as the official state raptor. During debate, they listened as Groen said the bird tears prey apart "limb by limb," making it a better mascot for Planned Parenthood.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper asked Groen to apologize. Groen, who said he stands by his comments, didn't respond to an email seeking comment Monday and his voice mailbox was not accepting messages.

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