Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness? Psalm 94:16
In my search for uplifting news to take my mind off political arguments and negative press, I found an inspiring story of one incredible Chinese woman who ignored her country’s outrageous “one child policy” and saved as many as 30 babies from death. Lou Xiaoying and her husband lived on the outskirts of town, having a son and daughter of their own. To make money to sustain their family, the couple collected and recycled garbage. Back in 1972, Lou found an abandoned baby girl in a pile of junk on the street, the first of three adopted into their family. Since that time, over 30 babies have been rescued. Lou found other families to take these children (mostly girls) into their homes, saving their lives. At one point, there were twelve members in the Xiaoying household. That didn’t stop Lou from continuing her garbage collecting or saving innocent children left to die. As recently as 2007, she found a child in a dumpster. Her biological son adopted the boy and at the age of 88, Lou now has a 7 year old grandson.
When word of her hospitalization due to kidney failure was discovered by neighbors, she was hailed a hero and donations came in to assist in paying for medical bills. Her daughter expresses how grateful her family is for the donations and the hospital’s care for Lou, including keeping medical expenses as low as possible.
I am in awe of this tiny, brave woman. She was willing to defy her government, stretch her meager financial resources and love children others considered trash. And it makes me wonder, what is wrong with us here in a thriving country where babies are also discarded as unwanted garbage, through the guise of legal abortion. We are shocked by the atrocities taking place in China, including forced abortions, all in the name of population control, which has now backfired into gender birth rate ratios heavily dominated by males and an aging population increasingly dependent on a very small family or neighbors to help them financially, if at all. Shaking our heads, judging as barbaric the cruelty of discarding helpless infants to suffer a painful death, we can’t imagine how someone could be so heartless. At the same time, almost a million children a year are killed in the United States by abortion. Where is the outrage here?! Just imagine for a moment that same number of children were intentionally murdered for whatever reason within hours of their birth. Or even just one baby, as in the case of a botched abortion in Florida, where clinic workers purposely “disposed” of a healthy infant who was scheduled to be a “terminated pregnancy”. People were up in arms! And yet, if that infant had been successfully aborted, no one would have known or cared about it’s death. Maybe it’s just me, but my brain is not able reconcile the reality of this behavior. I can’t reconcile that people who are adamantly against abortion won’t take the time to stand peacefully in front of an abortion clinic, even for just one hour a week, praying for the safety of mother and child and conversion of heart for the clinic employees. I can’t reconcile how a concerned citizen can vote for a candidate who, on the one hand denounces abortion, promising to implement preventive intervention and education for teens, then does nothing of consequence. Proper healthcare, economic prosperity are important issues. But if the right to LIVE isn’t a top priority for a government or its citizens, what difference does it make how efficiently or profitably a country operates? I can’t reconcile how famous, wealthy people align themselves with organizations who consider women’s health care and “reproductive rights” to mean contraception and abortion “rights”. I can’t reconcile how proponents of “choice” for women scorn those who choose life, choose to be mothers, choose to have multiple children.
Where are OUR heroes? I wish I had the fortitude to defy popular reason and pour myself into saving every innocent life possible. I do what I can, but I know it’s not enough; I’m not kidding myself. But if shouting from the mountaintops (or getting people to read this blog) can in some way encourage more of us to be heroes, then maybe God will bless us with His Spirit, giving us courage to stand for those who can’t stand for themselves.
“We will stand up every time that human life is threatened. When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, we will stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life. When a child is described as a burden or is looked upon only as a means to satisfy an emotional need, we will stand up and insist that every child is a unique and unrepeatable gift of God, with the right to a loving and united family.”
~ Pope John Paul II, Homily at the Holy Mass at the Capital Mall, October 7, 1979 ~