By Pat Reed
Pro-Family Groups Ink Proposals
Amid a revival-type atmosphere filled
with cheering and "amens," the Pro-Family
advocates Saturday passed four resolutions
to send to President Carter that directly
conflict with IWY proposals.
Pro-Family officials estimated the
group in the Astro-Arena at 15,000, with
many overflowing into the aisles. Signs in
the crowd indicated participants came
from across the United States. Officials
said many had to be turned away for
lack of space.
Clay Smothers, a Black state representative from Dallas, said of the rally,
"It seems like we're inside a Black Baptist church."
Gospel music rang through the arena
The group passed the following
That Congress mandate a "right to
life" amendment which would protect the
life of all people, including children, and
fetuses from the moment of conception.
A resolution against pre-school child
development financed by the federal government and favoring private sector control
of day care centers.
Opposition to the ratification of
A resolution against homosexual/lesbian rights, including their right to adopt
children and teach in schools.
Former Houston Mayor Louie Welch
gave the welcome to the Pro-Family rally,
saying, "1 believe that the future of this
nation depends upon the maintenance of
the family as the strongest single unit in
U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan of
California, expressed dismay at the IWY
Conference. "The greatest tragedy of all
was to see these former first ladies—excuse
me, two former first ladies and the current
wife of the President of the United States-
all sitting properly with their hands in their
laps, all dressed according to White House
protocal, and, by their very presence along
side of (Bella) Abzug, approving of sexual
perversion and the murder of young people
Lottie Beth Hobbs, president of
Women Who Want To Be Women, of Fort
Worth, said the Pro-Family advocates and
those at the IWY Conference are divided
because of a difference in philosophies.
She said the "barriers" the Pro-Plan
group is seeking to do away with are not
"barriers" at all but rather "safeguards."
"Wise men and women of the past
have carefully built into the system—sacri-
ficially built into our system—certain
Removal of those safeguards, Hobbs
said, will "plunge us into social and moral
Elizabeth Elliot, an author and former missionary of Hamilton, Mass., said,
"I speak for hundreds of Christian women
who see sexuality as far deeper than the
mere matter of biology ... I believe there
is a designer. Our . . . freedom is found in
obedience to the designer . . . Liberation
rejects authority, the authority we Christians see as divine. To me, this is not a new
form of liberation. I see this as a bitter
Nellie Gray, a Washington, D.C. attorney and president of March for Life,
said she is "weeping" for the mentality
that is now in America.
"We have a mentality in America
that is anti-life, anti-family, anti-God,"
Gray said. She said that mentality stems
from a "group of special interests who
seem to think that it is to their interest.
But we know that it is not to the interest
of America or the people or the preborn
In her speech before the rally, Phyllis
Schlafly, president of Stop-ERA, of Alton,
111., thanked her husband for "allowing"
her to attend the rally.
"I love to say that because it irritates
the women's libbers more than anything,"
PHOTO S BY JANICE RUBIN
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