I had fully determined to write my blog today about tomorrow’s deadline by the Obama Administration forcing Catholic organizations to provide free contraceptives and abortifacients to their employees. However, another story reached out and grabbed me by the throat. I have to write instead about a little Chinese woman who is one of the most amazing heroes I have read about in a long, long time.
Lou Xiaoying is 88 years old. She is suffering from heart and kidney failure and will most likely die soon. She is a tiny, frail woman, but her life has had an immense impact upon the lives of at least 30 children. Now she has left her mark upon me as well.
I talk a lot in this blog about saving the life of the unborn. I am blessed to be able to be a part of a place that has rescued many children in the womb. However, doing so has personally cost me very little. Lou Xiaoying gave her whole life and all her meager resources to rescue those who were abandoned.
Lou told the Daily Mail how it all began: “The whole thing started when I found the first baby, a little girl back in 1972 when I was out collecting rubbish. She was just lying amongst the junk on the street, abandoned. She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in.“
Lou and her husband lived in poverty, making their living searching the garbage for recyclables which they could sell. That is how she found the children, for they had been thrown away to die. One line which Lou said really pierced my heart: “I realized that if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives.“
How, indeed? How can we as a nation teach our young people that almost anything is more important than a human life? Unborn babies are thrown away everyday for such things as careers or education or just plain convenience. If a Chinese woman who must dig through the garbage to stay alive can take in the abandoned and the lost, what is our excuse?
I found it interesting that even the very pro-abortion Huffington Post ran this story. It was also interesting to note the difference between their coverage and LifeSiteNews.com. The Huffington Post mentioned nothing about the Chinese abortion policy, in spite of the fact that it is impossible to separate the two. Why else were these parents throwing their babies away?
The Chinese government is finding it more and more difficult these days to cover up their crimes against unborn children. In this day of cell phones, photographs of almost full term children lying dead, sometimes next to their grieving mothers, have leaked into the West. Last week, a baby girl was found thrown away in the trash in a plastic bag with her throat cut. She was discovered in time to be saved, but how many are not?
In the United States we may not force women to only have one child, but we have guilt of our own. Many of the women we see everyday at the AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling feel lots of pressure to end the life of their unborn child. Either the man in their life does not want to commit or denies the baby is his, or her parents are pressuring her to end the pregnancy out of embarrassment or shame, or people just tell her she is a fool to make sacrifices in order to have a baby. If ObamaCare is allowed to stand, there will be a day in the near future when abortions will be free, and then we will give the Chinese a run for their money. God have mercy!
As I read Lou Xiaoying’s story, I feel very convicted. What more can I do to stop the slaughter of the innocent? We need to rise up and do something to change the hearts and minds of our society. That may take time. In the meantime, we can work to change the law. Babies need to be legally protected so they don’t end up in the garbage heap.
Between now and the election (and even beyond) I will keep my eyes open for ways in which we can all get involved. I know that I am going to find a way to get involved in getting the candidates that I care about elected. Change has to come in November, and then the real work can begin!
Keeping it true! Barb