A pro-life les­son from Dr. Seuss

‘A per­son’s a per­son, no mat­ter how small’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Katelin My­ers

Many chil­dren grow up read­ing Dr. Seuss’ “Hor­ton Hears a Who,” the clas­sic story of a brave ele­phant who works to pro­tect the tiny peo­ple of Whoville from de­struc­tion. In the end of the tale, the Whos are saved be­cause Hor­ton be­lieves he has a duty to pro­tect those who can’t pro­tect them­selves. Hor­ton fa­mously states, “A per­son’s a per­son, no mat­ter how small!” Though Dr. Seuss may not have in­tended it, this story teaches a time­less les­son on the value of hu­man life, no mat­ter how tiny.

It is in­ter­est­ing that such a sim­ple and elo­quent pro-life state­ment was spo­ken by a fic­tional ele­phant. If only some mem­bers of Congress would think like Hor­ton and see the value in­her­ent in all lives. If only they would see that a child is a child no mat­ter how small and that we all have a duty to pro­tect life from those who wish to take it away.

There was a time when the abor­tion industry thrived on the lie that life does not be­gin at con­cep­tion and, there­fore, an abor­tion does not kill a child. How­ever, sci­ence caught up and de­bunked this claim, so next the industry took refuge in the be­lief that un­born chil­dren do not feel pain, which has now also been dis­proven. Now, with their foundation crum­bling be­neath them, the abor­tion lobby has elected to ig­nore the life mat­ter al­to­gether and fo­cus on women’s rights (or, as was the case dur­ing a re­cent Planned Par­ent­hood hear­ing, the need for gun con­trol, bet­ter sex ed­u­ca­tion, and var­i­ous other off-topic sub­jects).

Ac­cord­ing to Planned Par­ent­hood sup­port­ers at the hear­ing, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the abor­tion gi­ant’s al­leged il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties is noth­ing more than a cam­paign against the “right of a woman to choose what to do with her own body.” Based on this false char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the ef­fort to bring the truth to light, Planned Par­ent­hood has done noth­ing wrong — that is, if you don’t count sell­ing body parts for profit (which is il­le­gal ac­cord­ing to 42 U.S. Code, Sec­tion 274e), the daily butcher­ing of in­no­cent ba­bies, fail­ing to re­port on vic­tims of rape or in­cest, en­dan­ger­ing and per­ma­nently in­jur­ing their pa­tients, and con­tin­u­ously prof­it­ing off gov­ern­ment fund­ing, just to name a few ex­am­ples of the harm this or­ga­ni­za­tion does.

Just to be clear, I be­lieve in and sup­port women’s rights — the right to vote, to bear arms, free­dom of speech, and all those rights specif­i­cally laid out in the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Killing an un­born child via abor­tion is not a hu­man right, but the right to life is. We must also rec­og­nize the preda­tory na­ture of the abor­tion industry: Women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing great dif­fi­culty are ex­ploited by those pur­vey­ing the death of an un­born lit­tle one for profit.

More­over, if pro-abor­tion ac­tivists want women’s rights pro­tected, shouldn’t that pro­tec­tion ex­tend to women in the womb? Thou­sands of voice­less girls have lost their lives as oth­ers have spo­ken for them, but thank­fully, there are women who choose to hear and pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble ones they carry. Bri­anna was one of th­ese voice­less girls.

When Bri­anna was in her mother’s womb, she was di­ag­nosed with gas­troschi­sis, a de­fect in which the de­vel­op­ing ab­dom­i­nal wall does not close and thus al­lows in­ter­nal or­gans — in Bri­anna’s case, her small in­tes­tine — to de­velop out­side the body. Her mother’s doc­tor ad­vised her to have an abor­tion, say­ing it would be “kin­der to ter­mi­nate” the child than for Bri­anna to live a phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing life. By God’s grace, Bri­anna’s mother be­lieved her child was a “per­son, no mat­ter how small” and chose to carry and de­liver her child. Though the preg­nancy and re­cov­ery was dif­fi­cult, Bri­anna is a healthy, thriv­ing 18-year-old woman to­day.

So what about Bri­anna? Did she, as a woman, get a say in whether she should be al­lowed to live or not? Un­for­tu­nately, in our na­tion, a per­son is only a per­son when she can sur­vive out­side the womb. If only we could re­mem­ber that God made all peo­ple in His im­age and that they de­serve to be pro­tected, since “a per­son’s a per­son, no mat­ter how small!” Katelin My­ers is cur­rently an in­tern at the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil and a se­nior study­ing pre-law at Lib­erty Univer­sity.

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