Queensland pro-life leader steels herself for the task

Julie Borger/Catholic Leader

Cherish Life Queensland's new president is steeling for a tough battle advocating for politicians to reject the a proposed State bill to legalise abortion, The Catholic Leader reports.

Julie Borger took the reins of the pro-life organisation last week, after the resignation of Teresa Martin, who has held both the presidency and executive director position for the past decade.

"'I've taken on a huge job," Mrs Borger said about her new leading role in the pro-life community.

"It scares me. But this is my major focus, my major ministry – the most important thing I can be doing right now.

For now, Mrs Borger's main focus is "fighting for the sanctity of human life".

"If this bill in its present form is passed into law in Queensland, then a mother would have the right to terminate her pregnancy right up to the due date of delivery," she said.

"She would not need a reason to make this decision; it would simply be her choice to not birth her baby."

Mrs Borger will also be taking a strong stand against euthanasia, which she describes as "the new threat at Queensland's door".

"The very first request that came across my desk was an invitation to speak at a 'politics in the pub' event to debate the argument for and against euthanasia," she said.

Cherish Life Queensland – originally known as Queensland Right to Life – was founded 46 years ago before the emergence of similar organisations in other Australian States.

"If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and you do believe in the Ten Commandments, then it does make sense to say that you do not believe that killing an innocent child in the womb is the thing to do," she said.

"I am a daily Mass-goer and I draw my strength from the Lord and I sit before the Blessed Sacrament and I try to listen to God's Spirit," she said.

"I think that is part of what has led me to here; I would have to say that."


Pro-life organisation's new state president to take strong stand against abortion, euthanasia (The Catholic Leader)


Cardinal Dolan Urges Passage of Conscience Protection Bill Regarding Abortion (Catholic New York)

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