Search for “Taiwan + abortion” on Google, and you will find titles like “Taiwan’s Astonishing Abortion Rate,” “Abortions Exceed Births,” and “Taiwan has up to 500,000 Abortions in 2010“–titles that depict a culture where choosing death is an astonishingly ordinary occurrence. Most of these online articles were published in the last six months; in fact, a year or more ago when I learned by word of mouth about Taiwan’s high abortion rate, I could find very little data online about it. This is because until last summer, the most recent statistics were from over a decade ago. But on July 17, professor and pediatrician Lue Hung-chi announced in a public forum that he estimates there are 300,000 to 500,000 abortions every year in Taiwan. One article comments that if his estimate is true, “it has to be one of the highest per-capita abortion rates in the world” (“Taiwan’s Astonishing Abortion Rate“). Lue’s announcement began a long overdue discussion in Taiwan about the low birth rate and high abortion rate of recent years; rightly, these issues are of growing concern and alarm among leaders of the country.
Actually, my dress was quite old this year. I don’t have much need for dresses in practical Taiwan, so I just recycled one from a few years ago.
Who did have new Easter dresses then, you ask? The babies from His Hands Taiwan, of course! With only five babies in the nursery at the moment (Kara recently went home to the U.S., and Tiffany was visiting friends in Taichung for Easter), the Hatchlings thought it would be a good idea to get all of them to church on their first Easter Sunday. Continue reading “A New Easter Dress”
This post is a little tribute to Kara, one of our His Hands Taiwan babies who is going home to be with her forever family this week. We Hatchlings (i.e. Christel, Sara, and Ashleigh) love all the babies at HH, but every adoption situation is different, and sometimes we get to know a baby better. Over the past 8+ months, Kara has wiggled her petite little way into our hearts.
From Day 1, Baby Ting-Ting (her name before she was referred to her family) knew how to furrow her brows. Ashleigh’s favorite question to her has always been, “Why so serious?” Continue reading “Our Girl is Going Home”
Tonight we had to say a bittersweet goodbye to an awesome family, but we are so thankful that they will soon be on their way home together. We love the Carlsons! It really has been a blessing to get to know this godly, fun-loving, and adventurous couple and to spend time with them during their first weeks with their babies. Because they were here longer than most of the adoptive families, we truly did get to know them and grow to love them. Mark and Brenda are wonderful parents, and it was a blessing to watch them as they immediately connected with the twins. Continue reading “Goodbye to the Carlsons”
On Sunday morning, I will ride to the high speed rail station with Trena, Holly, and baby Leia to meet Leia’s adoptive parents, David and Kalina. Holly and Trena are going to let me be the one to hand Leia off to her parents, and I am THRILLED about this as I imagine what joy it will give David and Kalina to finally hold Leia in their arms! However, I know the moment will be bittersweet since over the past several months, I have spent a lot of one-on-one time with Leia and I have grown to love her. Continue reading “A Perspective on Sacrifice”