DOVER, April 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Maria Cahill, the winner of the Miss Delaware 2011 contest is using her new-found fame to promote the pro-life message.  She participated in the March for Life as Miss Delaware despite opposition, according to an interview to be published in full in Townhall magazine.

In an April 2011 video just prior to her winning the Miss Delaware title, Cahill indicated she would be using her fame to save lives. 

She described herself as “one of seven kids” noting that thus “my family is extremely pro-life and conservative.”  She said that in college the topic of abortion is taboo and suggested one reason is the fact that “this is murder we’re talking about.”  She added “People don’t use that word… it’s a vulgar term, but that’s what it is – it’s murder.”

Talking about her aspiration to win Miss Delaware, Cahill said, “If it takes a crown on my head and wearing a sash to talk to young people” about abortion, “so be it, everything happens for a reason.” She added, “If it takes a crown to save one baby’s life, then I’ve done my job.”

Cahill said that at her college she was teased for being ‘the virgin Mary’. Cahill said she regarded it as the highest compliment.

Speaking about the HHS mandate and the ‘war on women’ with Townhall, Cahill said, “With this [birth-control] mandate and the so-called ‘war on women,’ I feel like people don’t know both sides and they’re not getting to the real root of the problem, and that is another life is at stake. I think getting to the root of the problem is where the solution lies.”