Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) had a strange request for Congressional Democrats: declare “babies” to be an endangered species.
She walked into a Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee hearing earlier today and, before speaking, pulled out pictures of human fetuses even though she was supposed to talk about her opposition to the gray wolf being listed as an endangered species.
“I appreciate this time today and thank you so much for everyone who’s attending here and traveling so far to be here,” Boebert said. “I do want to say before my opening remarks, you know, since we’re talking about the Endangered Species Act, I’m just wondering if my colleagues on the other side would put babies on the endangered species list.”
She then held up the pictures.
“These babies were born in Washington, D.C. full term,” she continued. “I don’t know, maybe that’s a way we can save some children here in the United States.”
She did not explain anything about the pictures, like how she got them, if they were aborted fetuses, or why they were aborted if they were “full term.” Instead she launched into accusing the Endangered Species Act of being “weaponized by extremists, extremist environmentalists, to obstruct common sense multiple-use activities that they disagree with.”
On social media, people mocked her decision to show those pictures.
Boebert, along with Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI), introduced the “Trust the Science Act” to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in February. She represents vast swaths of rural western Colorado where ranches and other agricultural industries see gray wolves as a nuisance.
“The gray wolf is fully recovered, should remain delisted in the lower 48 states, and states should determine how to manage their local gray wolf populations,” Boebert said in announcing her legislation. “For too long, farmers and ranchers have been powerless to defend their livestock from gray wolf attacks. The Trust the Science Act empowers states and puts people ahead of violent predators. We need to actually analyze the data objectively instead of letting Endangered Species Act listing decisions be made by leftist activists.”
The press release for the bill included quotes from several lobbyists for the cattle and sheep industries.