Right to Life for Giraffes — What About Preborn Humans?
by Rebecca Kiessling
Tuesday evening, February 11th, Anderson Cooper began a segment explaining that Marius the giraffe was killed by zookeepers in Copenhagen, despite being “perfectly healthy . . . , simply because his genes weren’t good for their own breeding program.” Hmm, a healthy innocent creature was killed because it was considered to be less than perfect? Instantly, I recognized the pro-life rhetoric coming out on CNN, though I doubt they recognized it themselves. It went on, with Cooper talking about how there were multiple offers to adopt this creature who “didn’t need to be killed, (but the zookeeper) turned them all down.” I’m reminded me of a case I had as an attorney in 1997 involving a local 12 year old girl who was raped by her older brother. At 7 months pregnant, her parents were trying to get permission from the court to take her out of state for a late-term abortion. Multiple offers came flooding in from all over the country to adopt the baby, and/or to set up a college fund for the 12 year old pregnant mother, if only she would give birth to this innocent baby. The preborn baby was determined to be perfectly healthy, though the genes had been a concern because of the incest. The media was outraged in this instance as well — not that an innocent creature was to be needlessly killed, but that anyone else would dare meddle in the killing. The judge ultimately allowed the parents to take their daughter to Dr. Tiller in Wichita, Kansas. She went through a 3 days procedure, but delivered a dead baby because her parents did not value that life.
The exchanges throughout the Anderson Cooper 360 program Tuesday night were just like the dialogue in an abortion debate, except they used the term “animal” instead of “child”: “What’s worse that could happen to an animal, though, than being killed? I mean, you say you don’t want to send to it a place you don’t know what’s going to happen to it. You know what’s going to happen to it at your place” The zookeepers response was right on cue: ” Because first of all because it was a surplus to the population. . . . But the most important thing for us is that an animal has to have a good life as long as it lives, be it short life or long life. It has to be a good life. If you send it to a place where you cannot take responsibility for it anymore, you risk it going to what we would call a substandard place. . . . It has a value as long as it lives. It has to have a good life as long as it lives.” It’s the old quality of life argument! And the zookeeper spoke of how typically zoos get to be in control — he should have had a placard: “My zoo, my choice!”
When Anderson Cooper went on to interview the famous animal lover Jack Hanna, he asked about the Copenhagen zookeeper’s comments on adoption and quality of life. Hanna’s response was: “There were others . . . that could have taken it. That will become clear shortly. Who are we to judge, Anderson, who should live and not live a short life?” Wow — that’s how I feel about preborn babies! More of the exchange between Anderson Cooper and Jack Hanna is very telling, with both arguing that the giraffe should have a right to life. Please don’t miss how the term “animal” should be replaced by the term “preborn child”:
COOPER: What he seems to be saying is that the animal itself doesn’t really have any right to live or the animal itself, there’s no inherent value in the animal living out its natural life, which just seems odd. . . . It just seems odd that there’s no sense from this guy that the animal itself, the life of the animal actually matters. It’s just a product in the breeding program.
HANNA: Right. I like that term you use, a product in the breeding program. Anderson, this is a living creature. . . . You have an obligation to that animal, Anderson. That’s a living creature. God put that creature on earth for certain reasons. It teaches responsibility. It teaches love.
COOPER: At some person the animals themselves should have a right to actually having a life.
HANNA: They sure should, shouldn’t they? We are now trying to build places in this country, our country, to take surplus animals where they can live out their regular lives and also a place where older animals can live out their regular lives. . . . You are one of the few reporters that have gotten out there and understand why it’s so important. That’s what is important because you’ve taught yourself you and me out in the wild. How many people can do that? Not 1/10 of 1 percent. We’re trying to bring that to them in a humane way and take care of the animals for their lifetime.
Anderson Cooper makes this final statement before the close of the segment — “It just seems odd. I kind of wonder if the zoo has a poster somewhere that says, enjoy our animals. We’re going to kill 20 of them this year. But enjoy them while they last. No one I think knowing that would kind of keep going to that zoo. It just seems an odd set of priorities.”
How many people would keep going to Planned Parenthood if they knew how many preborn babies they kill every day? If they had posters out front advertising what they really do — with the truth of abortion, who would want to go in there?
Two days, ago, Jack Hanna was interviewed by a guest host on Anderson Cooper 360, also addressing the killing of the giraffe. He said, “That’s how I want them to remember the giraffes, they want to love something and save something. We’re trying to educate people, if you don’t see something and love something, you can’t save something. . . . I’ve had things that bothered me in my life, and this is one of the top five. . . . I can’t even compare this, in our country, we don’t do that, we don’t ever intend to do that, we’re there to educate you and educate people about these beautiful creatures God gave us, that’s what we’re there for.”
In the pro-life movement, we try to do the same thing — to educate people, to show them the beauty of preborn children through ultrasounds so that these children can be seen, loved, and saved. Jack Hanna thinks that we don’t commit this needless killing of God’s innocent creatures in the U.S., but he’s wrong — we do far worse through legalized abortion. The question is, what will it take for the world to finally be outraged by abortion? Over the years, I’ve asked pro-choice people at what point would it disturb them to know what happens to aborted babies? I’ve asked, “What if it were discovered that an abortion clinic was feeding the remains of aborted babies to their Dobermans? Would that bother you? What if you knew your aborted child had been fed to Dobermans?” If they are just meaningless, insignificant tissue, then it shouldn’t matter, right? But it makes people uneasy when they begin to think about the fact that the babies have remains — heads, bodies, fingers and toes, and that babies do not just magically disappear and vanish into thin air, but that someone outside of their control makes a decision about what happens to their baby’s remains.
If there were actual video footage of an abortion being performed in front of a group of children, and then the babies remains were fed to lions