“a person’s a person no matter how small”

Question:

Given that Dr Seuss was not pro life, should the pro life movement continue to use his “a person’s a person no matter how small” quote?

Answer:

This quote from “Horton Hears a Who!” is certainly one which we use a lot in the pro life movement, so this is an excellent question...

I did some research on this to fact-check and I found that Susan is right.  Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) never made a pro life statement and was described as having liberal social views.  I found commentary in my research that rumoured Dr Seuss had threatened to sue a pro life group unless they removed this quote from their letterhead, however I cannot find an original source for this so I cannot judge the veracity of this claim.  (If anyone has particular details on this, please message me).

Operation Rescue identified that Dr Seuss attended a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood before he passed away in 1991.  His widow, Audrey Geisel (who passed away last year) was openly pro-abortion and the philanthropic foundation set up to honour her husband’s legacy openly supported, among other organisations, Planned Parenthood.

I cannot deny that this is an awesome quote for our pro life movement, and I have always liked it.  It’s an individual decision for anyone who wants to continue to use it – after all, it is true: “a person’s a person no matter how small”.  However, upon finding this out about the author, I myself will not be publishing it again.


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