Save a Girl for Valentine’s Day!

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-5-03-00-pmThis February 14th, will you honor a woman or girl in your life who you love by saving a girl – a girl like Ai Lin?

Look at beautiful baby “Ai Lin.” Isn’t she adorable? Who wouldn’t love her?

Yet, Ai Lin is an unwanted second daughter. Her grandfather already has a granddaughter and expected a grandson. As a village leader, he holds great authority. In fact, Ai Lin’s own grandfather forced a seven-month pregnant woman in their village to have an abortion. Because that baby turned out to be a boy, people say that he is cursed because he has two granddaughters and no grandsons.

Ai Lin’s grandfather expected her to be a boy. If the grandfather had known that Ai Lin would be a girl, who knows if he would have forced Ai Lin’s mother to have an abortion. Instead, he pressured Ai Lin’s mother to “give her away” so her mother can have a baby boy. In the Chinese countryside, to “give away” a baby girl too often means to leave her in a field to die. Ai Lin’s mother was extremely distressed and did not know what to do.

Thankfully, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworkers found Ai Lin’s mother before it was too late. Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their girls because we believe that girls are just as good as boys. Our fieldworker offered Ai Lin’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter. With the help of this stipend, Ai Lin’s mother is defying the pressure from her father-in-law and is raising Ai Lin.

Our “Save a Girl” program saved Ai Lin’s life. Her mother believes that we were “sent to her by God to encourage her to keep her daughter.”

This Valentine’s Day, will you help “Save a Girl” by honoring the women and girls that you love?

What better way of expressing gratitude for the woman or girl in your life than by rescuing a woman and a girl in China?

Step 1: Donate $25 or more – the amount of money it takes to help support a girl saved in China for one month

Step 2: Indicate in the notes section of your donation the woman or girl you wish to honor, and her email address. We will send her an email to let her know you have given a donation in her honor to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver!”
Won’t you help us save more girls like Ai Lin? So far, we have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or 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.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here:
http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give
For $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Ai Lin, who may not be alive if our undercover fieldworker had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

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Join Walk for Life San Francisco This Saturday – Reggie to Keynote

Credit: Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times

Credit: Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president, Reggie Littlejohn, will be a keynote speaker of the Walk for Life, West Coast. 50,000 people are expected to march at noon on January 21 in San Francisco.

Littlejohn stated, “It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to speak in this powerful venue on behalf of the women and babies of China. I thank Eva Muntean and the other organizers of the Walk for embracing international issues. Something few people realize is that the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through its brutal One Child Policy. That’s greater than the entire populations of the United States and Canada combined. And too many of these lives were “prevented” by forced abortion. Millions of girls have been selectively aborted and abandoned as well. These issues continue under the Two-Child Policy as well. The greatest hemorrhage of human life in the world is flowing out of China today.”
Littlejohn will be joined by fellow keynote speakers Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, Melissa Ohden, survivor of a failed saline abortion, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org.
Rain or shine, please join Reggie and 50,000 others at the Walk for Life West Coast 2017!
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Eric Metaxas/Breakpoint about Reggie’s daughter Anni at Carnegie Hall!

Anni Zhang performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, 12/18/16. Photo credit: Voice of America

Anni Zhang performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, 12/18/16. Photo credit: Voice of America

Heartfelt thanks to Eric Metaxas and the folks at Breakpoint for this powerful piece about our daughter Anni’s performance at Carnegie Hall last month, and how it shows the infinite value of every life! 

Anni Zhang standing in front of Carnegie Hall with her parents, Reggie Littlejohn and husband, Robert

Anni Zhang standing in front of Carnegie Hall with her parents, Reggie Littlejohn and husband, Robert

Anni is the daughter of veteran dissident Zhang Lin.  She was almost forcibly aborted under China’s One Child Policy as his second child and was able to be born because of the bravery of her parents.  She also could have been selectively aborted as a girl, as happens to so many second daughters in China.  But she was born, escaped China, and performed brilliantly at Carnegie Hall, after only three years of piano lessons!  Read her story here: 

Eric Metaxas – Breakpoint – The Infinite Value of Every Life – From Chinese Jail to Carnegie Hall  http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/30337    

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Walk for Life Names Reggie Littlejohn Keynote Speaker

reggie-and-petitions-use-this-copyWomen’s Rights Without Frontiers is thrilled to announce that our president, Reggie Littlejohn, has been named keynote speaker of the Walk for Life, West Coast.  50,000 people are expected to march at noon on January 21 in San Francisco.

Littlejohn stated, “It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to speak in this powerful venue on behalf of the women and babies of China.  I thank Eva Muntean and the other organizers of the Walk for embracing international issues.  Something few people realize is that the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through its brutal One Child Policy.  That’s greater than the entire populations of the United States and Canada combined.  And too many of these lives were “prevented” by forced abortion.   Millions of girls have been selectively aborted and abandoned as well.  These issues continue under the Two-Child Policy as well.  The greatest hemorrhage of human life in the world is flowing out of China today.” 

Littlejohn will be joined by fellow keynote speakers Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, Melissa Ohden, survivor of a failed saline abortion, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org.

Please join Reggie and 50,000 others at the Walk for Life West Coast 2017!

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Georgetown Conference Names Reggie Littlejohn Keynote Speaker

Photo: Reggie Littlejohn Credit: QMI Agency

Photo: Reggie Littlejohn. Credit: QMI Agency

Student leaders at a Georgetown University conference have selected Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn as keynote speaker based on her work against forced abortion in China – a mission they hailed as unifying the divide between left and right.

Littlejohn is scheduled to give the main address for the 17th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life in Washington, D.C. on January 28.

“We chose Reggie Littlejohn to keynote this Conference because we believe her international, human rights mission to address China’s Two-Child Policy transcends the entrenched and divisive rhetoric often used when life and death issues are addressed in politics on the national stage,” stated Conference Co-Director Jeannette Joly. “Through her own powerful political engagement, Reggie Littlejohn has successfully received recognition for Women’s Rights Without Frontiers from both the left and right sides of the aisle. Undoubtedly, these unifying efforts to save women from forced abortion and baby girls from sex-selective abortion will move, inspire, and motivate the attendees of the 2017 Conference.”

Named after Georgetown alumnus John Cardinal O’Connor of New York, the Conference promotes discourse on the sanctity of human life and is the largest conference of its kind in the United States.

Joly praised Littlejohn’s “impressive experience” defending human rights in China, and said her message is especially important following China’s switch this year from the infamous One Child Policy to a “Two Child Policy.” Littlejohn has affirmed in Congressional testimony that the new policy hasn’t stopped China’s system of coercive population control, including forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

“I am honored to have been selected as keynote speaker at Georgetown’s Cardinal O’Connor Conference,” said WRWF president Reggie Littlejohn. “I am grateful that the conference has the vision to embrace international issues and attempt to bridge the ideological divide between pro-life and pro-choice by promoting discourse about coercive population control in China. 

“Meanwhile, under extreme cultural pressure, women in China abort or abandon their baby girls,” Littlejohn continued.  “Is gendercide truly a choice, or is there a connection between gendercide and forced abortion?  WRWF is offering practical assistance to mothers in China and has saved 200 baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment through our ‘Save a Girl’ campaign.

Previous keynote speakers include Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Robert George, and Helen Alvaré.

For more information on the 17th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference and to register to attend:
http://www.oconnorconference.com/

To learn more about WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=end-gendercide-and-forced-abortion

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Bittersweet Carnegie Hall Performance by Littlejohn’s Daughter Rescued from China

Anni Zhang in front of Carnegie Hall with Reggie Littlejohn and husband Robert

Anni Zhang in front of Carnegie Hall with Reggie Littlejohn and husband Robert

NEW YORK:  On Sunday, 13-year-old Anni Zhang, rescued from China,  was living a dream come true – she performed piano in Carnegie Hall.  What should have been a completely joyous occasion, however was marred.  Her father, veteran activist Zhang Lin, was not able to attend because the Chinese government refused to issue him a passport.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, played a key role in bringing Anni to the United States from China, where she and her father were under house arrest after she had been detained and denied the right to go to school.  Littlejohn and her husband, Robert, have been raising Anni as their own daughter. They flew the family, including Anni’s older sister Ruli, from San Jose, CA to New York to celebrate Anni’s achievement with her.

Jing Zhang (no relation), Ruli Zhang (Anni's older sister), Reggie Littlejohn, Anni Zhang, Robert (Reggie's husband), Yao Cheng

Jing Zhang (no relation), Ruli Zhang (Anni’s older sister), Reggie Littlejohn, Anni Zhang, Robert (Reggie’s husband), Yao Cheng

Littlejohn stated, “My husband and I are so proud of Anni.  She came to the United States without playing an instrument, and after just two years, she won an international competition to perform at Carnegie Hall.  That’s got to be some kind of a record.  I think she’s a genius!  She looked gorgeous in her purple sequined concert gown, and she played brilliantly.  But as my heart was bursting with pride for her, it was also aching for her father, who could not be here to enjoy this important moment with his daughter.”

Littlejohn continued, “I spoke with Zhang Lin.  He told me that he has applied several times for a passport, telling the authorities that he needed one quickly so that he could come to New York and see Anni perform.  Each time, they refused him a passport.  They once told him it is because of his ‘history.’  What could this statement mean, other than that they are punishing him for his ‘history’ of pro-democracy activism?    What kind of an inhumane government is this, that would detain a 10-year-old to punish her father, and then would refuse a passport to the father to punish them both?”

Activist Chen Guangcheng issued the following warning to the Chinese government:  “Controlling people’s right to freedom of movement is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.  To the Chinese Communist Party: If you want to be recognized as legitimate in the international community, you need to respect the basic rights of citizens.”

Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China and colleague of Zhang Lin, also played a major role in bringing Anni to the United States.  She stated:  “The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of pro-democracy activists is unprecedented.  Recently family members of activist Peng Ming, who was serving his sentence, received horrible news.  Hubei Prison officials claimed that Peng Ming died suddenly of a heart attack. But then Peng Ming’s heart and brain were secretly removed, without permission from his family.  Many dissidents and even petitioners seeking justice are imprisoned.  The CCP has become desperate.  At this time, they will make life more difficult for Zhang Lin.”

Yao Cheng, a close friend of Zhang Lin, who helped Anni escape and paid for it with years of jail time, stated:  “I did not expect the Chinese government to issue Zhang Lin a passport.  The Chinese government is lying.  We cannot expect them to have mercy on him.

Anni said, “Performing at Carnegie Hall was one of the most wonderful moments of my life.  I only wish my father could have been there to share it with me.”

Anni is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.”  When she was ten, Anni was kidnapped out of her elementary school, detained overnight, denied the right to go to school and put under house arrest with her father.  Learn more about her story here.

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Will You Let Them Get Away with This?

Photo credit: Lee Love

Reggie Littlejohn in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Lee Love

Dear friend,

I want to tell you what we’re up against in 2017.

At Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, we are world leaders in the fight to keep China accountable for its cruel forced population control policies – a battle most governments have given up on.

With your help, in 2016:

WRWF's "Save a Girl" campaign saved this baby girl

WRWF’s “Save a Girl” campaign saved this baby girl

– We took the lead in exposing continued forced abortion under China’s new Two-Child Policy, especially of single mothers and third babies.

– And of course, as of this year, hundreds of baby girls and moms have been saved from coercive population control and deadly son preference thanks to our “Save A Girl” campaign!

There’s no doubt: we’re impacting the global conversation on China. This is a big victory!

But here’s the thing: the Chinese government wants to get us off their back, and they know how to do it.

Last October, the Chinese government made the misleading announcement that they were “abandoning” the One Child Policy.  This was a convenient way to shut down news headlines exposing their brutal population control, without ending the actual practice.  Forced abortion and gendercide continue under the “Two Child Policy.”

The sad thing is, this actually worked. Media everywhere started discussing the coercive One Child Policy as a thing of the past!

In 2017, we’ve got to keep China from getting away with this “change in name only.”

Will you join us?

Your gift will help us save women and babies from forced population control, one baby at a time, through our ever-growing Save a Girl campaign.

You’ll also help us keep up the global pressure on behalf of countless other families who fall victim to forced abortions and forced sterilization under the Two Child Policy – even as we speak.

Because of your generosity, we have the power to fight these terrible tragedies, and help the oppressed families of China see the day when the dignity of a woman and her child is truly honored and loved at last.

There are only a few days left to make your gift this year. You can make a difference in the lives of countless families who have nowhere else to turn!

The Chinese Communist Party has announced that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through it’s One (now Two)-Child Policy.  That’s more than the entire populations of the United States and Canada Combined.  Far too many of these lives were “prevented” through forced abortion and sterilization.

Thank you for joining forces with us against the greatest crime against women and girls in the world today!

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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Help us save baby girls in China, like Shu Ting!

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your generous support of our efforts to stop forced abortion and gendercide in China!

Shu Ting as an infant

Shu Ting as an infant

A huge highlight of 2016 is that our network in China has grown tremendously and because of your support, we have now saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment!Girls like “Shu Ting,” whose mother courageously resisted the pressure of both government forced abortion and gendercide.

Shu Ting’s mother did not have a birth permit, so her pregnancy was illegal.  Her mother hid from the family planning police.  If she were caught, she would have to pay a huge fine or face forced abortion.

Even after Shu Ting was born, her mother still faced pressure to give away her baby girl. Shu Ting’s family is a poor farming family, and her mother did not know how she could feed her.

When Women’s Rights Without Frontiers learned about Shu Ting, our undercover fieldworker went to her mother with a strong message of hope.  We told her that girls are just as precious as boys, and encouraged Shu Ting’s mother not to abort her or give her away.  Through our “Save a Girl” campaign, we offered her monthly stipends for a year, to empower her to give life to Shu Ting and care for her.

After Shu Ting was born, her mother realized how intensely she loved her daughter and could not imagine giving her away.  Shu Ting is now a healthy and happy toddler.

It is an honor to support brave women like Shu Ting’s mother, who was able to resist the Family Planning Police.  Women like this deserve our help, and so do their precious daughters.  Every baby girl in China deserves to be saved, like Shu Ting!  Please help us continue to be a voice for the voiceless!

Shu Ting One Year Later

Shu Ting One Year Later

In addition to saving lives in China, we’ve had a world-wide impact, leading an international movement to end coercive population control in China.  Highlights this year included an interview on ABC News and being a Keynote Speaker at a conference at my alma mater, Yale.  We have worked hard to earn the credibility that these opportunities demonstrate.

If you have not done so yet this year, won’t you please donate today, to help us continue and expand our life-saving work in China, as well as our effective advocacy campaign giving voice to the voiceless?

Thank you, on behalf of the women and babies of China.

 

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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Anni Zhang, Littlejohn’s Daughter Rescued from China, to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Littlejohn and Anni on a family vacation in Yosemite.

Littlejohn and Anni on a family vacation in Yosemite.

In the video, a 13-year-old girl’s fingers fly over the piano keys.  She’s playing Chopin’s Étude Op. 10, No. 5, full of joy. It seems from the expressive playing she’s lived a life along the same cheerful theme.

But the girl is Anni Zhang, daughter of imprisoned Chinese dissident Zhang Lin. Faced with a future of no education and life in a Chinese state-run orphanage, Anni endured inhumane treatment by the Chinese government before fleeing to America, leaving behind language and family alike.

Today, Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and her husband Robert, are raising Anni as their own daughter.  Littlejohn stated, “We are so proud of Anni.  She is flourishing, both as a pianist and as a top student.  Her father, Zhang Lin, was trained as a nuclear physicist, and Anni has inherited his strength in math and science.  Her story is an example for all those who struggle against the odds. Through our help and her own hard work, Anni is a witness to the hope of a new beginning and to the beauty, brilliance and infinite value of Chinese girls.”

In February, Anni’s video was chosen as winner of an international competition for a chance to perform in New York’s Carnegie Hall later this month. Incredibly, Anni achieved such recognition despite the fact that she had only been playing piano for two years when she competed.

“I never thought I would make it to Carnegie Hall, but with help from my American parents (Reggie Littlejohn and her husband, Robert), my teacher (Matt Wang), and God, I made it,” she said.

Anni’s competition video, Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 5.

And ‘made it’ she has, in more ways than one: according to Chinese law, Anni should not only have stayed in China, but she never should have lived at all.

Anni was born the second daughter in her family in violation of the One Child (now Two Child) Policy, meaning Anni’s family had to endure persecution to keep their daughter. Family Planning Police came daily to pressure Anni’s mother to abort her. Anni’s father was able to get permission for Anni’s birth only after a long and difficult struggle.

Although Anni’s parents never thought of aborting her, countless others in her generation have succumbed to forced abortion in China under such circumstances. Anni could easily have been one of the 400 million lives “prevented” by China’s One (now Two) Child Policy of coercive population control.  Or she could have been selectively aborted because she is a girl, as happens to so many second daughters in China.

Anni was dubbed “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience” when, in retaliation for her father’s work protesting the Communist Party, she was kidnapped out of school and detained overnight, enduring hours without food, water or a toilet. She was ten years old at the time.

She and her father Zhang Lin were later kept under house arrest without leave for Anni to go to school. Her father was only recently released from in Anhui Province for defending Anni’s rights.

In 2013, Zhang Lin asked Reggie Littlejohn to help him get Anni out of China because she could not lead a normal life there.

Littlejohn and her husband felt God was calling them to open their home and welcome Anni into their family, becoming her American parents.  Anni and her older sister Ruli arrived in America in 2013 with help from many sources including U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China, and brave activists in China, several of whom suffered lengthy detentions and even torture.

But such sacrifices have not been in vain. Today, Anni has thrown herself into the study of English, of which she had no previous knowledge, and is a straight-A student.

Anni says she owes thanks to God for winning the international competition.

“God did a total miracle, because I never could have made it without His help,” she said. “Winning the competition to play in Carnegie Hall was 1% me and 99% God.”

Anni with her father, Zhang Lin, before he was detained in China for advocating for her right to go to school.

Anni with her father, Zhang Lin, before he was detained in China for advocating for her right to go to school.

Littlejohn stated, “Anni’s performance at Carnegie Hall will be one of the highlights of her life, and of mine.  I never dreamed I would have a Chinese daughter – much less one as talented as Anni.  But it will be a bitter-sweet occasion, because her father will not be there to share it.”

Zhang Lin was released from prison on September 9, 2016 and has applied several times to the Chinese government for a passport.  Each time, his application has been denied, even though he told the authorities that he urgently needs a passport to come to the United States to see his daughter perform at Carnegie Hall.

“The fact that the Chinese government refuses to give Zhang Lin a passport under these circumstances underscores their inhumanity.  It is pointless and cruel that they are depriving Zhang Lin and Anni of the joy of his attendance at her Carnegie Hall performance.”

Anni said, “I miss my father and wish he could be with me at Carnegie Hall.”

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Reggie Littlejohn: Leading the Fight to Stop Forced Abortion and Gendercide in China

reggielittlejohn5Thanks to LifeNews for publishing a beautiful, feature article about our founder and president, Reggie Littlejohn.  Here is an excerpt.  The link to the entire article is below.

Reggie Littlejohn has an impressive resume as a world-wide advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable people.

An attorney and a graduate of Yale Law School, Littlejohn is the founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition working to expose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China.

She has briefed officials at the White House, the Department of State, the United Nations and the Vatican. Littlejohn has also travelled across the United States speaking and raising awareness about the abuses of the brutal One Child Policy in China . . . She talked with LifeNews about her work.

LN: How did you become involved fighting forced abortion in China?

Littlejohn: In the mid-90s, I knew that China had a One Child Policy, but I had never stopped to think how it was enforced. Then, as an attorney, I represented a refugee who had given birth to two children and had been forcibly sterilized. As I sat at my desk on a sunny day in San Francisco, I could not believe that on the other side of the earth, Chinese women were at that moment being dragged out of their homes and forcibly sterilized and aborted, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. I had to do something to help them, so I founded Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Read the full article at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/08/03/reggie-littlejohn-leading-the-fight-to-stop-forced-abortion-and-gendercide-in-china/.

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