The substantial financial contributions and dedication of just one man, Dr. Jim Garrow, have saved the lives of some 45,000 Chinese girls who otherwise would have been “set aside” to die in the one-child culture that demands male offspring, as documented in the book “The Pink Pagoda: One Man’s Quest to End Gendercide in China.”
So just imagine what could be accomplished should tens of thousands – rich and poor alike – join hands, hearts and pocketbooks in a massive effort to reach out inside the People’s Republic of China and save many more baby girls from gendercide.
That’s exactly the aim of a new campaign organized by Garrow himself, along with help from WND columnist Erik Rush.
The campaign, adopted by WND.com, is called Pink Pagoda Girls. It’s first goal is to raise $1 billion over the next 10 years, which could save 1 million baby girls.
That number is roughly double the population of Denver. And the dollars? It’s what the U.S. government spends in a few hours.
On the campaign’s website, the challenge is explained: “One of the harsh realities of the national policy of one child per family in the People’s Republic of China is the diminishing value of females. The national policy of one child per couple plus the traditional place of the first born male as the provider for parents in their old age leaves many couples with a dilemma of what to do if their child is a girl. Some make the tragic decision to end her life and try for a boy.”
The program is built on the foundation established by Garrow’s already remarkably successful work, which usually spends in the range of $1,000 to transfer a doomed baby girl in China to an adoptive family elsewhere.
Garrow was executive director of the Bethune Institute’s popular Pink Pagoda schools in China. He ran private, English-only institutions for the children of the Chinese elite – an effort that eventually expanded to involve some 160 schools. The goals of the students and their parents was to prepare them for entry into some of the top universities around the globe.
But one day in 2000, he found his assistant weeping. The woman explained her sister’s husband was insisting the couple’s newborn daughter be smothered to make way for a son, because of the communist regime’s infamous one-child policy.
Garrow’s personal connections and funds made it possible for the infant to be placed with an adoptive couple.
Since then, he’s spent tens of millions of dollars of his own money, and the organization that has been created to facilitate such rescues is credited with saving 45,000 lives. His story is told in “The Pink Pagoda: One Man’s Quest to End Gendercide in China.”
If one dedicated individual can accomplish that much, what could hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers do?
“Our goal is to raise $1 billion to rescue 1 million girls over the next 10 years,” organizers explain. “This may seem to be aiming fairly high, but given the resources available and what we have achieved to date (45,000+ children saved), we have faith that this goal can be met!”
The website explains the campaign’s reliance on things not fully understood:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7.
Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com and WND Books, announced his company has adopted the program and will be supporting it in a number of ways.
“We’re very excited about participating in a program that can save lives – specifically young, innocent female, Chinese lives targeted by the horrendous cultural pressure favoring boys and tyrannical, immoral government pressure of the one-child, population-control policy,” said Farah. “That Jim Garrow has found a way to do this – one that has been effective on a mass scale already – is truly a miraculous opportunity for all who consider human life a gift from God. There are many needs in this world. There are many great causes. But knowing that we can save a human life for just $1,000 places this need and this cause right at the top of the list.”
Erik Rush used a recent column to address the effort.
“There are several reasons I chose to ally myself with The Pink Pagoda, one of which is that in so doing, I will be more readily able to call Americans’ attention to the sort of public policy toward which we ourselves are heading,” he wrote.
“The People’s Republic of China is, of course, a communist country; inasmuch as I have dubbed liberalism ‘communism on the installment plan,’ there are noteworthy parallels that exist between the policies of a full-blown communist regime and those toward which America is gravitating.”
He noted the “culture of death,” so well-established in China, which now is making inroads into the United States.
“As many have pointed out, places where rabid secular humanist policies have taken hold are usually the first to begin touting the ‘moral high ground’ of legalizing euthanasia and practicing eugenics. Abortion, which was sold in the U.S. as being necessary as long as it was used in only the most extreme circumstances, has become an industry as well as an abomination, and it is clear that its original rationale was pretextual,” he wrote.
In fact, a move in the U.S. House to ban the practice of basing abortions on the sex of the unborn just this week was defeated by Democrats.
Rush noted that Planned Parenthood “(founded by the celebrated eugenicist and racist Margaret Sanger)” also has been accused in the last week of “engaging in a campaign of counseling for the selective abortion of baby girls right here in the U.S.”
“It is also more or less common knowledge that Sanger’s advocacy for abortion was originally done with cutting the birth rate among black Americans (in particular) in mind,” Rush wrote.
Garrow, in his book, talks about the importance of the effort.
“I did not start out to save the lives of endangered baby girls. Endangered. A strange word, usually associated with baby seals or dolphins. My passion, my mission, did not start with a major worldview. It all started with one baby girl whose parents were faced with the reality of ‘setting her aside.’”
But risking his family, his employees, deep-cover Chinese intelligence assets and his own safety to save girls from the clutches of death, one at a time, Garrow illustrates the power of God to shape lives and influence others to fight injustices around the world.
In his work, he spreads word to Chinese families that their baby girls are wanted by couples around the globe.
For his efforts in “human trafficking,” Garrow was nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which eventually was won by Barack Obama.
So how big is the 1 million lives goal? It addresses only part of the need.
“The estimates range from 5 to 8 million young girls murdered annually, and those estimates do not include sex selected abortions,” he explains. “The Economist published the incredible numbers that the now-skewed population figures show us. Where a 104 to 100 ratio (males to females) would be normal, Chinese numbers are now more on the order of 126 to 100. This is an incredible imbalance and quite unnatural. The societal consequences are dramatic and long-term.”
And what about oversight, control and management?
“I run the risk of having some of you who do not believe in the hand of God intervening in the affairs of men, and girls, turning us off at this point,” Garrow explains regarding his work, which he funded personally at the cost of tens of millions of dollars. “But believe me, my personal finances could not hold a candle to [the results].”
He also documents that there are now some 85,000 families awaiting adoptive children.
The program offers participants a number of ways to contribute to the expenses of saving baby girls.
There also are special outreaches, such as an effort to focus on having girls help girls.
Information is available under the program for girls, young ladies and women to use “in enlightening others in their communities in this cause.”
“As the world grows smaller, more and younger girls learn about some of the suffering and injustices relative to girls and women in other nations, and China is certainly one of them. While the Chinese are a noble people with a rich history, the policies of their communist government have given rise to conditions that are decidedly unfavorable to women, newborns, and the unborn.”