At just two years of age, Ellie Schneider was likely the youngest person sitting inside the United States Capitol on Tuesday evening for President Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Little Ellie was there with her mother, Robin, and they were both special guests of the president.
Born at just 21 weeks, she holds the distinction of being one of the youngest premature babies to ever survive. At the time of her birth, she weighed just 14 ounces and measured 10.4 inches long.
The Schneiders were there to make a simple yet profound point – specifically, that all life is sacred and worthy of protection under law.
As Ellie and her mother, Robin, stood to cheers as President Trump acknowledged them, I was struck by how many in the room weren’t applauding at all. As little Ellie beamed and her mother cried, hundreds of lawmakers sat silent and stone-faced.
There were many people in that chamber last night who were unwilling to applaud little Ellie’s triumph – and the fact that she and others like them are fighting for their right to live.
I have a question for all the abortion zealots who sat and stared in silence on Tuesday night:
How many of you could face Ellie and Robin and explain why babies like her should be destined to die at the hands of cold-hearted abortionists?
I rejoice with the Schneider family and appreciate their witness and their willingness to advocate for the sanctity of every life.
“This little girl was so, so sick, in constant pain, barely hanging on, and as tiny as a baby bird,” Robin recently wrote on Facebook. “Our Ellie now is happy, healthy and rolly as can be. In similar ways we have all changed on the inside. My heart was so weak, but now, I know I can face anything, as long as I have God and good friends.”
May the Lord guide and protect you, Ellie. I hope our paths might cross in the days to come.