Cats, Cradles, and the Natural Instinct to protect babies

By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director for Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation with Maria Gallagher (right), Legislative Director for Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Babies attract people.

Even if they’re fetal models. 

Whenever we offer preborn babies (of the silicone kind) on our Education Table, people naturally gravitate toward them more than any other part of our display. 

They pick them up, turn them around, marvel at the fully formed, anatomically correct features, and seem to discover anew the miracle and sanctity of human life.  

We encourage them to take one with them and use it to share the pro-life message. 

At a recent event, a woman explained that she needed another 12-week baby, not because she gave hers away or because she misplaced it, but because her cat had actually “stolen” it.

At first, she worried her pet would use it as toy, perhaps chewing on it or scratching it.  But that’s not what happened at all.

Rather, she saw the feline gently carrying the baby around the house, positioning it gingerly in her jaws, just as mama cat carries kittens. She snuggled with the baby when she slept, cradling it, and remained ever so protective of the baby when awake. 

A common house cat recognized the inherent worth of a preborn baby, while so many humans fail to do so. 

The natural instinct, whether animal or human, is to protect life, born or unborn.

It is an instinct with which we are born.  Ask a toddler what’s in mommy’s belly and she will tell you “a baby.” No equivocation on the humanity or level of development or wantedness.  She will tell you the unfiltered truth. 

So at what point do people who support abortion forget this self-evident truth? What impels them to violate the innate tendency to protect, defend, nurture? 

In a world that seems to protect puppies more than babies, that seems to elevate animals over humans, perhaps we should look to the animal kingdom to remind us of a fundamental fact:  we mammals are wired to protect and defend life, not reject and destroy. 

We are made to love. 

Even a cat knows that.