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Pro-life and human rights champion Reggie Littlejohn about being in the presence of a spiritual giant

by | Dec 1, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

I’m sure most of our readers are familiar with Reggie Littlejohn, the founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. Nobody but nobody has spoken, testified, or documented the ghastly way women and their unborn babies have been maltreated in China than Reggie. 

She is an authentic heroine, a towering human rights advocate and staunch opponent of abortion in general, the horrific targeting of female babies (gendercide), in particular.

Most of our readers are likely also familiar with “Breakpoint,” a program of the late Chuck Colson’s “Colson’s Center for Christian Worldview,” which produces terrific content, much of it very pro-life.

They joined forces to produce a memorable podcast. You can listen to it in its entirety here, or read excerpts here.

Reggie gave us a heads up at her webpage. Here’s how she summarized the interview:

I am grateful to Breakpoint and the Colson Center for highlighting our life-saving work in China.   This Breakpoint piece focuses on my work at Mother Teresa’s home for abandoned children in Calcutta.  I tried to feed a small girl with a broken body but the spirit of a giant.  The radiance of her smile showed me why Mother Teresa was committed to the infinite value of every human life, especially those society casts off as worthless.  In many ways, this small girl was the inspiration behind our mission to save baby girls in China.  You can read this inspiring Breakpoint interview here.

I would very much hope that you read and/or listen to the podcast. Here are three highlights, drawn from the transcript.

#1. A couple of years after graduating from college, I went to India and I was on the Ganges at Varanasi, which is a religious city. I wanted to take a boat ride on the Ganges, and I was just stepping into this little boat, and I saw something floating in the waters. It kind of caught my eye, so I looked down.

To my just shock and horror, it was a fully formed beautiful baby girl. I mean, it was like physical shock waves through my body. I’ll never forget her face. She had such a pretty face. I mean, she was so beautiful, and she was just drowned. She was dead and just floating in the water.

That was my introduction to the issue of gendercide. Gendercide is the killing of somebody because of their gender. The more accurate term would be femicide, which is killing somebody because they’re female.

It is far more dramatic, more stomach turning, if you were to see the body of a late term or even full-term baby girl. But we abort baby girls in this country late-late into their development for a variety of reasons—“wrong” sex, “wrong” ethnicity, “wrong” genetic makeup (typically Down syndrome). 

The abortion industry, in whose DNA blindness is encoded, fights every attempt to prohibit abortions for such blatantly discriminatory reasons.


She [Mother Teresa] had a home called Shishu Bhavan, which is a home for abandoned children. To my recollection, every child in that home was a girl. They’re all abandoned because they are female. One of the things that really impressed me working at Shishu Bhavan was Mother Teresa’s commitment to the life of every person, no matter what. She founded Shishu Bhavan when she found a baby girl in a trashcan. 

If not aborted late in pregnancy; if not abandoned (or actively killed) at birth, countless females were/are abandoned. When is the last time you heard pro-abortion “feminists” decry such lethal sexism? If you did, it would probably be the first time. Nothing is as important as “choice,” the right to do whatever they want with  unwanted and/or inconvenient babies.

#3. In what was for me the most powerful passage, Reggie talks about attempting to feed a little girl in Mother Teresa’s home for abandoned children. 

There was this one little girl who was in a bed on her back. She was about two feet long. Her spine was just twisted like a dish rag, all of her limbs going out at different angles. Her jaw looked like it had never been formed.

Reggie felt helpless, thinking that the way the little girl ate was a failure on Reggie’s part. It wasn’t. One of the sisters tells her, 

 “No, you’re doing fine. That’s just how she eats.”

The little girl faces so many challenges, you could almost anticipate  what Reggie (or any of us!) might be thinking:

In my mind, this is true confessions, I was thinking, “What is the point of preserving a life like this? It’s just a life of suffering.” I admit that I thought that.

Then the sister said, “Well, why don’t you talk to her?” and I realized it had not even occurred to me to talk to her. She looked so helpless in so many ways, so I just assumed that she wouldn’t know how to speak, which was not true. She actually was fluent in understanding English and Bengali.

I didn’t know what to say to her, so I just said to her, “So, how did you like your breakfast?” And she broke into the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen in my life.

I mean, her smile was radiant. It was full love. It was full of gratitude. It was full of life. I realized in that moment that I was in the presence of a spiritual giant, that I was a midget in the presence of the spiritual giant. That’s when I understood Mother Teresa’s commitment to every single life.

Every human being is formed by God in his image and likeness, including that little girl.

Please take ten minutes out and listen to Reggie’s conversation

You will be blessed.

Categories: Human Rights