"Some poor little person is shaking with fear,
that he'll blow in the pool! He has no way to steer!
I'll just have to save him because after all,
a person's a person no matter how small."
-from Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss.
You can tip toe around reality all you want... but to deny the pre-born are "persons" is to reject the beautiful complexities that constitute our humanity. My children had quite personalities in-womb that were very pronounced at birth and have only blossomed since. Shortly after Isabel was born, a friend I knew grewing up lost her baby at 9 months pregnant. It occured to me how unfair it is that a mother's love alone gives a person, in womb any sort of rights. I try not to think about it too much, because there is only so much my heart can bear... but I kiss my children a few extra times today and thank God I wanted and needed my girls. And they have made me a better, more creative, sensative and loving person than I ever knew possible.