Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Reflections on blind activist Chen Guangcheng's 5th Anniversary arriving in the United States
Reggie with Chen Guangcheng after his arrival in the United States
19 marked the five-year anniversary of Chen Guangcheng’s arrival in the
United States. WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn advocated tirelessly
for Chen’s release from 2008 until his 2012 release and led an
international coalition to free him. What follows are her personal
reflections at the time of this anniversary.
Reggie testifies on behalf of Chen Guancheng at a Congressional Hearing
19, 2012 was perhaps the most exciting day of my life. After years of
non-stop international advocacy, several emergency Congressional
hearings (called by Rep. Chris Smith, without whose dedicated efforts
Chen would likely never have made it to the United States), weeks of
struggle with the Chinese government and several sleepless nights, I was
standing at the Newark airport, waiting for the arrival of the man
whose plight had become the central focus of my life.
Rep. Chris Smith joined Reggie's "Sunglasses Campaign" to free Chen.
heart went out to Chen Guangcheng the first time I read of him.
Blinded by an illness at age three, he and his wife, Yuan Weijing, had
displayed almost supernatural courage and compassion, documenting at
great risk to themselves a pattern of brutal forced abortions and
sterilizations in Linyi, where they lived. Women were being dragged out
of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort babies they
wanted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Whole villages were fleeing
to sleep in the surrounding fields to hide from Family Planning Police.
Relatives of an illegally pregnant woman in hiding were being detained
was detained and then placed under severe house arrest for years for
exposing these atrocities, and the Chinese government heavily persecuted
his entire, extended family, detaining and torturing them as well.
day Chen's escape was made public, Reggie was leading activists to
protest the detention of Chen Guangcheng in front of the Chinese Embassy
five years after first setting foot on U.S. soil, Chen and his family
are living safely in the Washington, D.C. area. His home is filled with
light and life. He and Weijing just had their third child, a beautiful
boy who is the joy of the family. Chen continues his advocacy and has
invited me to collaborate with him. We have appeared together on Voice
of America, spoken together at the Heritage Foundation, testified
together at Congress.
time I go to see his family, it still feels like an impossible dream
come true. One of the greatest heroes of the twenty-first century, a
man whose courage I cannot begin to comprehend much less imitate, is now
my good friend. I can only respond with humility and gratitude.
Reggie was deeply humbled to be included with Chen on his first interview on Voice of America from U.S. soil.
yet, five years after Chen’s arrival in the United States, and despite
his passionate advocacy to end it, coercive population control in China
remains. China has shifted from a One Child Policy to a Two Child
Policy. This modification was presented by the Chinese government as an
“abandonment” of the One Child Policy, implying that all coercive
population control had ended. No so. Unmarried women and women
pregnant with a third child still face forced abortion. The
sex-selective abortion and abandonment of baby girls continues,
especially for second daughters.
fight continues. But now, instead of fighting the lonely battle for
Chen’s life and freedom on the other side of the world, I have the honor
of facing the battle shoulder to shoulder with him – with one of the
greatest human rights champions the world has ever known, someone I
honor and admire more than words can ever say.
Rep. Chris Smith, Chen Guangcheng and Reggie present together at The Heritage Foundation.
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