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CAROL TOBIAS ELECTED NATIONAL
RIGHT TO LIFE PRESIDENT
Becomes the organization’s 8th president
since Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON -- On
Saturday, April 9, Carol Tobias was elected
president of the National Right to Life Committee
(NRLC), the national federation of 50 state
affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters.
Tobias, who becomes the 8th NRLC
president since Roe v. Wade, succeeds Wanda
Franz, Ph.D. 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 Mrs.
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
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 her tenure as NRLC political director,
pro-life majorities were elected to both the U.S.
House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In both
2000 and 2004, she oversaw the efforts of NRLC’s
political action committee on behalf of George W.
Tobias was elected by the NRLC board of directors at
its spring board meeting. The board of directors is
comprised of representatives from each of NRLC’s 50
state affiliates and 8 directors elected at-large.
NRLC is the nation’s pro-life organization which is
representative of the country’s grassroots pro-life
citizens and activists.
“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.”
Other officers and executive committee members
elected at the spring board meeting include:
Executive Vice-President: Anthony J. Lauinger of
Oklahoma; Vice-President for International Affairs:
Jeanne E. Head, R.N. of New York; Vice-President for
Medical Ethics: John Wayne Cockfield, USMC Ret. of
South Carolina; Secretary: Holly Gatling of South
Carolina; Treasurer: Rev. Dennis C. Day of Idaho;
Chairman of the Board: Hon. Geline B. Williams of
Virginia; Vice-Chairman of the Board: Hon. Lynda
Bell of Florida; and Chet Rucinski of Wisconsin.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the
federation of 50 state right-to-life organizations
and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is
the nation's largest pro-life group. National Right
to Life works through legislation and education to
protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide,
euthanasia and assisted suicide.