Thousands of people from all over the United States gathered in the capital, Washington D.C.,?
GV Crowds outside Capital building (2 shots)
GV Capitol building with crowds on steps waving banners
CU Anti-Abortion banner
CU Senator William Buckley speaking
CU Crowd cheering and clapping and waving placards (4 shots)
CU Nellie Grey talking to reporter
CU Banner "All life is significant, born or unborn"
"They call themselves the National walk for Life ... and they came from all over the country ... predominantly youngsters from catholic schools, anti-abortion groups and a number of legislators. They gathered at the Capitol and listened to speaker like Senator William Buckley of New York."
(SEQ 4): BUCKLEY: "If America is to be a home of the brave, America must have the courage to embrace and not destroy life."
ELLIOTT: "The reaction to the speakers was strong as the mass stood in the clear, cool Washington day. the Chairman of the National Walk for Life Committee. Nellie Grey, said she ??? the opinions of all present when she ??? her reasons for being here."
(SEQ 6): GREY: "The reason I'm here is that babies are being killed in our hospitals and clinics. I can't tolerate it. America can't tolerate it. We must start this Right to Life Movement, which is growing and growing. We will stop the killings."
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Background: Thousands of people from all over the United States gathered in the capital, Washington D.C., on Wednesday (22 January) to call for a reform of the country's abortion laws.
The anti-abortion campaign - called the "National Walk for Life" -- draws support from all walks of life ... and thousands of demonstrators joined the mass rally outside the Capitol building. The campaign organisers claim that the demonstration was at least twice as large as the one called last year.
The anti-abortionists ranged from children from Roman Catholic schools to politicians such as Senator William Buckley of New York. Describing the United States as the "Home of the Brave", Senator Buckley called for an end to the existing provisions for abortion.
The Chairman of the campaign, Nellie Grey, told reporter Bill Elliott that the abortions now being carried out in clinics and hospitals throughout the country must stop.
The controversy surrounding the whole question of abortion has taken on a greater significance in 1975 -- International Women's Year and the year which the Pope has designated "Holy year". Campaigns for and against abortion are taking place in many countries throughout the world at the present time.