A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Shortly after we found out my wife was pregnant, there was a complication… and for over a week, we were sure that we had lost our growing little baby. That was a tough time. We cried and felt such a deep sense of loss for someone that we had never seen, didn’t know and thought we would never meet.
From that time on though, there was a turning point in our attitudes to abortion. I never agreed with abortion, I knew it was wrong, but at the same time I never had any real strong feelings about it either.
That all changed. Now I felt so angry. How could anyone abort/terminate/kill an innocent little child?
We thought we had lost our little girl – thank God we didn’t – but how could anyone choose to take someone’s life away?
Is it because they’re so small or because they can’t be seen?
Perhaps because we can’t hear them or because their lungs aren’t big enough to cry yet?
After watching the movie Horton Hears A Who, I was struck how in a bizarre Dr. Seuss story, there were such allusions (however unintentional) to this very issue. Horton the elephant was determined to protect the speck that he knew held a whole other world of life. Whereas Kangaroo was convinced that no life could exist in something so small and unseeable. If only there were more Horton’s in the world!
I love his famous line: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”