OTTAWA, Jan 29, 2001 ( - An Ottawa pro-life poster advertising Pro-Life Sunday has gained extensive media attention over the use of a quote from a Dr. Seuss book. The poster, depicted in a Jan. 28 Ottawa Citizen article (see link), showed a tiny six- to eight-week-old embryo under the Seuss quote: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” The Citizen says that Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is upset that the quote is being used and her lawyer is demanding that it be removed.

Action Life, an Ottawa pro-life group designed the poster for the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Carroll Rees, a spokesperson for Action Life, told the Citizen “We didn’t think it was a problem, as long as it was being used for teaching purposes - and we’re a non-profit organization, we’re not selling posters, and we gave credit to him.” Action Life, told LifeSite that they were pleased with the additional publicity generated by the controversy. LifeSite discovered that since Sunday’s article in the Citizen, the story has been repeated in The Edmonton Sun, The Chronicle-Herald, The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, National Post, The Toronto Sun, The Toronto Star and the Canadian Press.

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