Horton Hears a Who!: Pro-Choice or Anti-Choice?
March 19, 2008
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” That’s one of the main lessons that we learn from the classic Dr. Seuss book Horton Hears a Who! The new movie based on the book still carries the message of accepting people for who they are, but some protesters are using this famous quote to support the belief that abortion is wrong.
Dr. Seuss wasn’t talking about embryos and fetuses when he wrote those famous words; he was making a point about accepting people that are different from you and are often overlooked and unheard. It’s also important to know that Horton Hears a Who! was written in 1954, long before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortions legal in the United States. Seuss didn’t support the anti-choice movement and neither does his widow—a proud supporter of Planned Parenthood.
If you check out the movie, listen carefully for the famous phrase, “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” And remember what the good doctor had originally intended: No matter how we feel about abortion—whether we’re pro-choice, anti-choice or anywhere in between—we need to respect the decisions of others, no matter how different they are from our own.