Katrina Urry just wouldn’t die. She survived her mum’s two desperate abortion attempts to emerge into a hostile world where she was unwanted and unloved.
Conceived as a result of her married mum’s affair, Katrina’s alcoholic parents made her the scapegoat for every real or imagined ill; she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a Sunday school teacher and had any remaining shred of self-esteem removed by teachers who told her she would never amount to anything.
She was binge drinking by her teens and tried to kill herself several times before an aunt finally rescued her, removing the self-destructive 15-year-old from her toxic environment and planting her into a safe, supportive family.
There she experienced the unconditional love of God and his authentic followers as she slowly discovered her real worth and ultimate purpose. She found hope, found belonging and a good man on whom she could depend.
Katrina, (pictured above with her daughters-in-law), is now a successful Bundaberg businesswoman who married the love of her life and together raised nine outstanding young men; five of their own and four boys they adopted in their teens.
The remarkable mum, now 50, and finding her public voice, shared her tragic and triumphant story with more than 400 stunned guests at the Emily’s Voice Glorious Life dinner on Saturday night in Toowoomba.
Abortion advocates could understandably highlight her tragic childhood as the reason why women should be allowed and even encouraged to dispose of unwanted babies — End the life inside the womb to save a whole lot of pain and grief beyond.
Katrina told dinner guests: “Some of you are probably thinking I would have been better off not living, but I for one am so thankful I survived. My life has been worth living; every breath of it.
“Never believe you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough or loved enough.
“For me, supporting an organisation like Emily’s Voice helps me know that I may just save one more life –give one more life an opportunity to enjoy breath. All life deserves to be lived.’’
Stacey McBride Wilson, (pictured above) the other keynote speaker at the dinner, told of jumping off the Brisbane abortion clinic’s table after being told “everything looks alright’’ with the 19-week-old daughter she was about to terminate.
Stacey, from the Sunshine Coast, was under pressure from the father of the child, his parents and friends to end Katie’s life before they had met face-to-face.
“The doctor turned to me and said, ‘Everything looks fine, are you ready?’
“Everything looks fine? Everything looks fine? What does that mean?
“I told her I wanted to see the scan. She turned the screen to me and there she was, Katie, 19 weeks, sucking her thumb. And I was about to terminate her.
Above: Stacey and teenage daughter Katie.
“I drew on every bit of courage I had, which at that moment didn’t feel like much, and told her I didn’t want to go through with it.
“To say that things were easy from that moment onwards would be telling a lie, but the huge wave of peace in the depths of my being far outweighed the challenges.’’
More than $93,000 raised at the dinner will be used to support Emily’s Voice campaigns in existing markets and expand into more of Queensland.
Special thanks to event sponsors:
Inglewood Farms, Country Heritage Feeds, A Country Garden, Gabbinbar Homestead, Condamine Electrical, Big Tyre, Queensland Electrical Solutions, Vanderfield, PMA Insurance, RSM Bird, Masons Solicitors, Black Canvas, Exertus Opus, Greenridge Press Group, Integrity Agricultural, Karana Organics, Toowoomba City Church and in-kind partner, Bishopp Signs.
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Below: Some of the 400 guests at the Glorious Life dinner.