An abortion fund named after a....mythological baby-killing demon?
(Posted by Bryana Joy on April 16, 2012)
I engaged recently in a debate with a particularly vehement pro-choice feminist who concluded our argument rather huffily by letting me know that she was going to donate to a certain Lilith Fund as a result of the discussion in which we had expressed our differences of opinion. Appalled to hear that there was such an organization and assuring myself that it couldn’t really be what I thought it was, I immediately looked it up. Sure enough, the Lilith Fund is exactly what I hoped it wouldn’t turn out to be: an abortion assistance fund operating in my home state of Texas.
My horror stemmed from the fact that I had a prior knowledge of the mythological character of Lilith. If you also do, you know what I’m referring to. If you don’t, you can expect to be thoroughly disquieted by what I’m about to tell you.
The Lilith Fund website proclaims on the About Us tab,
Who is Lilith? Lilith was the first woman created by God, as Adam's wife and equal. Because Lilith refused to be subservient or submissive, she was sent away from Eden. Today Lilith is the feminist icon of the free-spirited, strong woman.
Unfortunately, this little statement offers about as much truth regarding the legends of Lilith as a computer salesman who tells you that Windows Vista is a great operating system because it lets you put a Weather Channel gadget on your desktop. The computer salesman would be right about the weather gadget, but entirely wrong about the conclusion he drew from it, having only related a small portion of the relevant facts. The same is true of the mythological character of Lilith.
As it turns out, Lilith was – how to put this delicately? – a cannibalistic, child-killing demon and vampire. Odd that an abortion fund would want to name themselves after a legendary creature with those traits, right? Let’s do a little research of our own and take a look at some examples of Lilith in mythology. Wikipedia says,
Lilith is a character in Jewish mythology, developed earliest in the Babylonian Talmud, who is generally thought to be related to a class of female demons Līlīṯu in Mesopotamian texts… The Assyrian lilitû were said to prey upon children and women and were described as associated with lions, storms, desert, and disease.
That’s not exactly a mascot I would pick for anything, much less an abortion-related business, but to each his own, I guess. Here’s another morsel of nastiness.
Lamashtû was a very similar Mesopotamian demon to Lilitû, and Lilith seems to have inherited many of Lamashtû's myths. Many incantations against her mention her status as a daughter of heaven and her exercising her free will over infants…Unlike her demonic peers, Lamashtû was not instructed by the gods to do her malevolence; she did it on her own accord. She was believed to seduce men, harm pregnant women, mothers, and neonates, kill foliage, and drink blood and was a cause of disease, sickness, and death.
A “neonate,” in case you were wondering, is a newborn baby.
Are you growing progressively confused as to why anybody would wish for their non-profit to be associated with the term Lilith? Me too. Interestingly enough, the Lilith Fund doesn’t seem to find its rather disgusting origins embarrassing. LifeSiteNews says,
On its Facebook page earlier [last] year, [the Lilith Fund] eerily invited fans to express their devotion to abortion by posting the phrase “I am meeting Lilith” as their status, “if you have had an abortion or know someone who’s had an abortion.”
Let’s take a look at one last depiction of Lilith.
According to Siegmund Hurwitz, the Talmudic Lilith is connected with the Greek Lamia, who likewise governed a class of child-stealing lamia-demons. Lamia bore the title "child killer" and was feared for her malevolence, like Lilith. She has different conflicting origins and is described as having a human upper body from the waist up and a serpentine body from the waist down…grief caused Lamia to turn into a monster that took revenge on mothers by stealing their children and devouring them. Lamia had a vicious sexual appetite that matched her cannibalistic appetite for children. She was notorious for being a vampiric spirit and loved sucking men’s blood.
Earlier this week, a chilling photograph of a dead baby aborted at nine months was circulated on the web. The child, a victim of a forced abortion under China’s one-child policy, is shown submerged in a tub of water and may have been born alive. It has caused a global stir, as readers everywhere have expressed outrage, and reports indicate that the kerfuffle has been particularly overwhelming in China. Tragically, the travesty of forced abortion in China is only the extreme end of a shocking human rights violation that occurs every day in our own nation. No matter how you look at it, abortion is a horrible procedure to contemplate and indisputably stops a beating heart. Perhaps it is fitting that the mascot of the industry should be a bestial, child-strangling demon. All I know is that if this mystical Lilith entity is the icon of so-called “free-spirited, strong women,” I want no part of that clique.
Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers
a remarkable women's rights advocate, a powerful testimony by a forced abortion victim who suffered under China's "one-child policy", and questions about Wikipedia's coverage of coercive family planning methods in China
(Posted by Bryana Joy on October 02, 2011)
Wikipedia doesn’t have much to say about forced sterilizations and abortions in China. While I try to remain optimistic about the possibility of great things from the “people’s encyclopedia,” almost every visit I’ve made to Wikipedia lately has left me feeling increasingly discouraged about the prospects that the truth has of getting out. Here’s the extent of what the online encyclopedia has to say about China on the Compulsory Sterilization page:
Coercive sterilization to enforce the one child policy has occurred in China. This is not permitted by the law, and some local officials have been jailed for their actions. In 2010, Amnesty International accused authorities in Puning of compelling people to be sterilized by imprisoning their elderly relatives. See also Iron Fist Campaign.
The author of this pitiful little blip seems to be in an enormous hurry to get the whole thing over with: Yes, OK, there have been a couple of forced sterilizations. Amnesty International complained a bit and yadda yadda yadda. Can we just stop talking about this already? The United States, (which, by the way, no longer performs compulsory sterilizations) gets 847 words on this page! China gets 163.
Wikipedia’s coverage of forced abortions is barely any better. To start off with, there is no page for forced abortion. On the page for the Chinese one-child-policy, there are some references to 2001 “reports” of forced abortions, although the encyclopedia hurriedly asserts that, “In 2002, China outlawed the use of physical force to make a woman submit to an abortion or sterilization…”
Perhaps my indignation and distress is best explained by one of the victims of the very tragedy that these anonymous Wikipedians are so anxious for us to know nothing about: Let me introduce you to one of my favorite feminist sites – a site that actually does something to prevent the abuse of women and isn’t primarily concerned with the feminine pocketbook.
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers was founded by Yale-educated lawyer Reggie Littlejohn as an attempt to stop forced abortions, sterilizations and sexual slavery in China and to educate the world about the plight of Chinese women. There is an extensive amount of useful information on this site, but, in my opinion, the most valuable evidence offered is the personal testimony of the victim Wuijan,
who testified before the United States Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on November 10, 2009. To protect her identity because of the risk of repercussions against her family still in China, Wujian testified with a black scarf wrapped entirely around her head. In addition, she sat behind a privacy screen.
Wuijan’s testimony is riveting and traumatic. She writes of her initial emotions upon the discovery that she was pregnant without a birth permit:
It was the winter of 2004 when I found out that I was pregnant. It was beautiful to sense this life growing inside of me: what a miracle! Meanwhile, I was also very fearful since I did not have the Permit for Pregnancy or the Birth Permit, which means, according to Chinese law, this baby was not allowed to be born into this world. This baby would have to die in my womb.
She then goes on to write about the arrest of her father by Family Planning Officials:
Eventually, the Family Planning government officials found out about my pregnancy. So they searched all over trying to arrest me, and while they could not find me, then they caught my father instead. They put my father into the detention center and beat him every day. On the fourth day after they caught my father, one neighbor came and told me that my father was dying: they would continue beating my father – even to death – until I went to the local hospital to get abortion.
She tells of horrors she saw on her trip to the hospital after she was discovered and arrested herself:As soon as I got into the van, I found that another Mom was already inside the van. She told me she was carrying her first baby, and that she was 28 years old. She did not have the Permit of Pregnancy or the Birth Permit, and she was 7 months pregnant. She was so eager to keep this baby that she was fighting with the government officers in the van……..
….As soon as I was drug out of the van, I saw hundred of pregnant Moms there – all of them, just like pigs in the slaughterhouse…….
…..The room was full of Moms who had just gone through a forced abortion. Some Moms were crying, some Moms were mourning, some Moms were screaming, and one Mom was rolling on the floor with unbearable pain….
She tells of how she pleaded with the unsympathetic nurse:
At that moment, I was the only Mom in the room. I began begging the nurse while I cried, , “I have already had the oxytocin injection, please let me go; I will go as far away as possible and I will not tell anyone else what you had done for me and I will be grateful for you for the rest of my life.” The nurse did not respond to my begging—she looked like wood. Then I kept saying to her, “You are an angel, as a nurse or a doctor who is helping people and saving peoples’ life; how could you become a killer by killing people every day?” I could hardly see her face because she wearied a big mask. Soon she became very angry at what I said, and told me that I talked too much. She also told me that there was nothing serious about this whole thing for her. She did these all year. She also told me that there were over 10,000 forced abortions in our county just for that year, and I was having just one of them.
Read the rest of Wuijan’s disturbing testimony here.
Now does it suddenly seem just a teeny bit outrageous that Joe Biden “fully understands” and refuses to “second-guess” China’s one-child policy? Does it seem at all important that we reconsider our policies with regards to China? Or is the United States so dependent on those “made in China” stickers that we’re willing to turn a national blind eye, avoid the research, and let Wikipedia keep its pathetic little un-articles dangling in cyberspace?
For Further Reading:
Check out Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker’s story here to learn more about forced abortion in China and Reggie Littlejohn’s work to stop it.
What support does Planned Parenthood offer to the effort to stop abuse of women in China? Learn about Steve Mosher’s experiences here in this article at the American Spectator.
Read about Reggie Littlejohn’s address to British members of parliament in London last March.