CATH NEWS REPORT: Brisbane's pro-life leaders are urging Catholics and others opposed to the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland to participate in an upcoming 'Rally for Life', calling it a "matter of life and death for the unborn", reports The Catholic Leader.
Cherish Life Queensland (CLQ) state president Teresa Martin said she hoped people will be "shocked into action" by the savagery of Victoria's laws "which permit abortion up to the day of birth and force doctors and nurses to participate in such operations".
National Civic Council (NCC) state president Luke McCormack said a new website, votersforlife.org.au, similar to one which successfully recruited more than 1000 volunteers to campaign against pro-abortion candidates in last year's Victorian election, will be launched at the rally.
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane will be among speakers at the rally which kicks off at 1.15pm on Saturday, February 12 at Queen's Park in the Brisbane CBD.
"We know (Premier) Anna Bligh will come under increasing pressure to decriminalise abortion while she's still in power."Please come and show your support for (the unborn) and for women under pressure to have an abortion as well," Ms Martin said.
"A large turnout will send a message to Anna Bligh and the pro-abortion lobby in general that the decriminalisation of abortion is unacceptable."
"Statistics show that in 2006 there were 621,000 Catholics living in Brisbane archdiocese - and at least that many Christians across all the other denominations.
"If even a small percentage of this number was to attend the rally, it would send a clear message to the Government that such legislation is not a vote winner."