Carol Tobias, a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M., is the new president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the national federation of 50 state affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters. Tobias, the eighth NRLC president since Roe v. Wade in 1973, succeeds Dr. Wanda Franz of West Virginia.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be elected president by the National Right to Life board, which represents our nationwide network of state affiliates and local chapters,” said Tobias. “As the late pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois said, National Right to Life is the flagship of the pro-life movement. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help our pro-life network in its continuing effort to educate the public and pass laws protecting mothers and their unborn children.”
A native of North Dakota, Tobias has served on the NRLC board of directors since 1987. From 1983 to 1991 she was executive director of North Dakota Right to Life, and in 1991 was hired as NRLC political director, a position she held until 2005. During that time, pro-life majorities were elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In 2000 and 2004, she oversaw the efforts of NRLC’s political action committee on behalf of President George W. Bush.
Tobias was elected by the NRLC board of directors at its spring meeting. The board of directors is comprised of representatives from each of the organization’s 50 state affiliates and eight directors elected at-large. NRLC is the nation’s largest and oldest pro-life group.
“The pro-life movement is the greatest social cause of our time,” added Tobias. “I am eager to continue National Right to Life’s educational, legislative and political efforts to advance the right to life of the most vulnerable members of our human family — the unborn, the elderly and the medically dependent and disabled.”
Tobias and her husband, Damon, are active members of Immanuel. She serves the congregation’s music ministry, and he is chairman of its Board of Deacons and the Evangelism Committee.
Posted June 7, 2011