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Exclusion Zones Ruling: a Sad Day for Democracy & a Crushing Blow to the Unborn


In a week where we have seen militant vegan activism, those protecting innocent babies and their mothers are being told they have no place in our society.” Ms Teeshan Johnson, executive director of Cherish Life Queensland

Cherish Life Queensland has condemned the High Court decision to uphold exclusion zones around clinics as tragic for the unborn and a blight on democracy.

“It’s a very disappointing decision. It’s a crushing defeat for democracy and almost as much as it is for the unborn.” Ms Teeshan Johnson, executive director of Cherish Life Queensland said.

“There have been many cases of women making a decision to keep their babies after encountering kind and caring ‘side-walk’ counselors outside abortion clinics. As well as saving babies, they have saved women from the agony of regret and sometimes-physical injury that comes with abortion. Such kindness is about saving women as much as it is saving babies. 

“People should also have the right to pray outside abortion clinics, but that democratic right to practice ones faith has been quashed today.

“Despite all the medical evidence proving the humanity of the unborn, including sophisticated ultra-sounds and embryology, our legal systems refuses personhood to the unborn before birth. No other rights make sense, if the right to life is not extended to unborn human beings. 

“Just this week Melbourne vegan activists brought the city to a grinding holt. In Queensland vegan activists trespassed, frightened primary industry workers and even demanded three lambs from an abattoir - yet no one has been charged. The hypocrisy and double standards in our justice system beggars belief. It appears the Australian legal system protects chickens and lambs more than unborn human beings.

“It is a sad day for Australia when our highest judiciary favours protecting of an industry which destroys human lives over the democratic freedoms of peaceful citizens.” Ms Johnson said.


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Breaking: ALP makes abortion a federal election issue

Cherish Life Queensland has sharply condemned federal Labor for its election commitment to make abortion 100% free and open slather right across Australia, as unnecessary and brutal.

“Labor is becoming known as the late-term abortion party - it seems to be their disturbing obsession. Nowadays the ALP stands for the Anti-Life Party,” Ms Teeshan Johnson, executive director of Cherish Life Queensland said.

“Every extreme abortion law in the Australian states and territories has been the work of a Labor majority government with a Labor abortion Bill, and now Labor want to the same federally. It’s a disgrace and completely unnecessary - there is already abortion on demand right across Australia. Australia has one of the highest rates of abortion per capita amongst developed nations and has the worst abortion to adoption ratio.

“In Queensland, some women in rural and regional areas are being forced to have babies on the side of the road because successive state Labor governments have closed down numerous rural and regional birthing centres, while under a Labor federal government essential health funds would be used for the killing of babies. The situation for babies and women under any Labor government is dire.

“The price tag for abortions annually across Australia is close to $70 million, despite the fact that many taxpayers don’t want to pay for killing babies and harming women.

“Using more taxpayer money to further fund the killing of unborn babies is an abrogation of the first duty of government, which is to protect innocent human life. MPs and candidates of this extreme abortion mindset do not deserve to be in government, and we will be doing all we can to keep them out of government, and cause them to lose their seats to pro-life politicians.

As a consequence of Labor’s abortion platform, Cherish Life in conjunction with other pro-life communities are campaigning against EMILY’s List MPs and helping pro-life MPs ahead of the federal election. We urge all who respect human life to get involved, and put Labor last this election. A vote for Labor will be a vote for more abortion.

“Ridiculous and misleading claims from the pro-abortion lobby that the number of abortions would not increase if they were made free and even more accessible defies logic, the laws of economics and international trends. The way to decrease abortion rates is through education, better social supports and services for pregnant women like counselling, as well as adoption reform – none of these practical pro-woman measures are in Labor’s brutal policy platform. “ Ms Johnson said.