Horton Hears a Who! is an animated film adapted from a beloved children’s book by Dr. Seuss. The story centers around Horton, a bumbling yet brave elephant and McDodd, the mayor of Whoville. McDodd’s whole world is no more than a tiny speck from Horton’s view, and Horton is so large and far away that Mayor McDodd cannot actually see him. They can hear each other though, and it is through their conversations that Horton learns that he must find a safe place for the speck in order for the people of Whoville to survive.
During week two of this semester, our class spent some time talking about the definition of “person”. A Christian defines persons as having both a body and a soul; a carbon shell in which God has placed his very breath. At what point in our development do we become persons endowed with a soul as well as a body?
Many claim that human life does not begin until birth, or at least not until the unborn child is capable of surviving outside the womb. The writer of Psalm 139:16 states “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Based on this description of God knowing us before we were born, many Christians claim that life begins at conception. Although the story of Horton Hears a Who! is not a direct allegory about the abortion situation, I am proud to state with Horton that, “A person’s a person, no matter how small!”