You all know the Dr. Seuss story, right? The tale of an elephant named Horton who struggles to protect a microscopic community from a larger world oblivious to its existence.
This sounding familiar to anyone?
Well the upcoming movie is getting an unintended plot twist in Colorado’s debate over a proposed constitutional amendment on personhood.
The children’s classic “Horton Hears a Who” will hit the big screen March 14.
It strikes abortion foe Colorado for Equal Rights as an opportunity to celebrate the story’s central theme that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Kristi Burton is the clever 20 year old woman who is petitioning for a ballot measure asking voters to say personhood begins at conception. “It’s so true that whatever stage of life you’re in, you’re a person, whatever your size,” says Kristi, the group’s 20-year-old founder.
The amendment seeks to guarantee constitutional protections from the moment of conception. It would lay a legal foundation for banning abortion in the state.
Burton said the group doesn’t have a specific “Horton” event set at this time, but something is in the works.
Keith Mason, the group’s statewide grassroots director, said supporters are unhappy with the amendment debate being couched in terms of personhood and constitutional rights for “fertilized eggs.”
Listen to what he just called them – “fertilized eggs.” Why shouldn’t he just call us “lucky and fast sperm.”
Sadly, the fertilized egg who went by the name Dr. Seuss wasn’t happy with the Horton analogy. Neither is the egg’s widow.