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Reggie Littlejohn, a leading figure in the pro-life and human rights movements, reflects on the experience of being in the presence of a spiritual giant

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It is likely that the majority of our readers are already familiar with Reggie Littlejohn, the founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. Reggie is unquestionably one of the most prominent figures in the global movement for women’s rights. Her work has been instrumental in exposing the alarming mistreatment of women and their unborn children in China.

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

It is likely that the majority of our readers are also familiar with the program Breakpoint, produced by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, which is run by the late Chuck Colson. This program produces high-quality content, with a significant proportion of it being pro-life.

The two individuals collaborated to create a podcast that is worthy of note. The podcast can be accessed in its entirety, or excerpts can be read here. Reggie provided advance notice of the interview on her webpage. The following is a summary of the interview provided by Reggie:

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.

Read and/or listen to the podcast. Here are three highlights 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 a more dramatic and stomach-turning experience to see the body of a late-term or full-term baby girl. In this country, late-term abortions are performed for a variety of reasons, including the sex of the baby, the ethnicity of the mother, and the genetic makeup of the baby, which often includes Down syndrome.

The abortion industry, which has a long history of opposing restrictions on abortion, has fought 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 the pregnancy is not terminated at an advanced stage, or if the infant is not killed at birth, countless females are abandoned. When was the last time you heard pro-abortion “feminists” denounce such lethal sexism? If you did, it would probably be the first time. The right to choose is of paramount importance, regardless of the circumstances.

#3. In what was for me the most compelling section, Reggie describes an attempt to feed a young 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 experienced a sense of helplessness, perceiving the manner in which the young girl consumed her food as a reflection of Reggie’s inadequacy. However, this was not the case. One of the sisters informed her,

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

The young girl confronts a multitude of obstacles, a situation that could prompt Reggie (or any of us) to consider the following:

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 allot ten minutes to listen to Reggie’s discourse. It is our sincere hope that you will find it edifying.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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