Brisbane’s March for Life on Saturday saw 2000 people walk through city streets to the Queens Gardens, with many holding placards saying “Choose Life” and “Love them Both”. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The march marked almost a year since the Queensland Government passed its radical abortion laws; protesters had not forgotten this “betrayal”, taking their outrage to Speaker’s Corner.
Donna Purcell, a Toowoomba Catholic general practitioner and Cherish Life Queensland president, said they were fighting against a “death system”.
Dr Purcell, a mother-of-five and grandmother-of-eight, said a petition was being circulated which encouraged palliative care instead of euthanasia. She said many signed it before the march began.
Dr Purcell spoke to the protesters about the impending parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia, the use of euphemisms to “disguise exactly what’s being done”, and the concern that euthanasia would replace palliative care.
“It’s a big concern for the medical profession and the health system,” she said. “It’s just a basic tenet of our society that we don’t kill people. If (people are) suffering, we try to look after them the best we can.”
Her concerns about the Government replacing palliative care with euthanasia were founded on simple economics. “There’s no incentive for the Government to provide it because in the end killing is cheaper,” Dr Purcell said.
This was especially true in places where palliative care – and any specialist treatment – was difficult to access.
Victoria is the only state with active euthanasia laws, but Western Australia is debating the issue in the Upper House. Other states are expected to follow unless resistance is shown.
Also speaking at the event was Christy Johnston, who was promoting the pro-life film Unplanned, which has sparked controversy wherever it has been screened.
The protests were scheduled one week before the anniversary of Queensland’s abortion laws being passed. The laws allow abortion on demand up to 22 weeks and up to birth with the approval of two doctors.
Thousands march through Brisbane to fight system of death allowing abortion, euthanasia (The Catholic Leader)