October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. As we celebrate the beloved women and girls in our lives, let us also remember the 200 million girls worldwide who have been the victims of sex-selective abortion — girls like “Lian,” who was almost aborted, but whose life was saved by our “Save a Girl” campaign.
Lian’s family lives in a remote village in rural China, where life is hard. Life for Lian’s mother is especially hard. Her grandfather on her mother’s side suffers from paralysis. His condition has caused financial hardship because the family has no insurance, so they have spent all their money on his medical care. They have even taken loans from relatives, though they do not know how they will be able to pay these off.
Lian’s mother was already very stressed when she found out that she was pregnant. Her family told her it was not a good time to have a baby, but they were willing to support the pregnancy if the child were a boy. When the doctor told them that she was pregnant with a girl, Lian’s grandmother on her father’s side began to pressure her mother to have an abortion.
This poor mother did not want to abort her daughter, but she did not know what to do. Then, she heard about our “Save a Girl” Campaign and reached out to us for help to save her daughter’s life. A fieldworker traveled to Lian’s village, knocked on the door of their humble home and offered hope. She told Lian’s mother that girls are just as precious as boys. She offered Lian’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter.
Lian’s mother gratefully accepted our offer of help. She gave birth to Lian, a beautiful and healthy baby girl, and she is delighted with her new daughter. Lian’s mother told our fieldworker that, without our help, she “would have no chance to see her daughter, who now makes her so happy.”
Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver”!
In honor of the International Day of the Girl Child, won’t you help us save more girls like Lian? So far, we have saved more than 200 girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted and abandoned just because they are girls. Each one of these girls is infinitely precious. Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.
LifeNews.com Note: Reggie Littlejohn is the Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.