ANTIABORTION RALLY REBUKES
TFP Newsletter, Vol. IV – No. 2 – 1984
Largest Turnout in Years
Washington March For Life – Antiabortion marchers call for no middleground
“We defend the right to life of the innocents. He who defends great moral principles with true conviction will never be defeated."
With this statement emblazoned on one of its three banners, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) joined over 75,000 other anti-abortion demonstrators in Washington, D.C. on January 23. It was one of the most forceful displays in years protesting the infamous U. S. Supreme Court decision that "legalized" abortion eleven years ago. Anti-abortion demonstrations were also held in other major U. S. cities on the same day. A contingent of TFP volunteers and supporters joined some 500 demonstrators in Los Angeles, and smaller groups participated in protests in San Francisco and Denver.
This year's Washington March was larger than those of previous years as individuals and entire families from antiabortion groups, schools, parishes and state organizations came from all parts of the United States in a determined effort to make their voices heard and their influence felt in this 1984 election year.
The turnout illustrated that even after suffering from both a major Supreme Court decision that struck down a number of state laws restricting abortion and the defeat of the Hatch amendment last June, pro-life groups and grassroots supporters are growing and maturing. They have realized that the so-called "moderate" position has meant delays and only favors the abortionists. "No Compromise" was the theme of the Eleventh Annual March For Life.
"The soft line did not work any more than did Chamberlain's effort to negotiate with Hitler for peace. So, we have relearned hard lessons — the abortionists will not accept even a little bit of pro-life." One is either for or against the killing of innocent preborn children. There is no position in between," read the statement of March For Life president Nellie J. Gray.
After pro-life leaders met with President Reagan, a number of prominent speakers and members of Congress addressed the crowd at the Ellipse behind the White House around noon. President Reagan appeared on the balcony to acknowledge the demonstrators.
The American TFP was well represented by a large number of members, volunteers and supporters who distributed a statement rebuking the inaction of the "soft" antiabortionists — those who do not act energetically against the heinous crime.
The TFP document pointed out that it is not the pressure of pro-abortionists that maintains legalized abortion in the United States; rather, it is the softness of the antiabortionists. "When the day comes to render accounts to God for their actions, these soft ones will see that they were cruel. They were the soft, cruel exterminators, the ones principally responsible for the continuation of legalized abortion in the United States," the TFP statement declared.
It went on to note that "If there were a danger that more than one million innocent Americans would be executed in the next year, it is certain that all Americans would be so indignant that the elected officials who were in any way partisans of this unjust execution would be clamorously defeated in the next elections."
The March ended in front of the Supreme Court Building, but the indignation of the marchers continued to he felt throughout the balls of the Houses of Congress as they dispersed to seek out their local Senators and Congressmen.