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WASHINGTON — Carol Tobias has been elected president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the national federation of 50 state affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters. She succeeds Wanda Franz, Ph.D. of West Virginia as the 8th NRLC president since Roe v. Wade.

“I am extremely humbled and honoured to be elected president by the National Right to Life Board of Directors, which represents our nationwide network of state affiliates and local chapters,” said Ms. 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 efforts to educate the public and pass laws that protect mothers and their unborn children.”

A native of North Dakota, Tobias has served on the NRLC Board of Directors since 1987. She served as executive director of North Dakota Right to Life from 1983 to 1991 and was hired as NRLC’s political director in 1991, a position she held until 2005. During her tenure as NRLC’s political director, pro-life majorities were elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. In both 2000 and 2004, she oversaw NRLC’s political action committee efforts on behalf of George W. Bush.

At its spring board meeting, the NRLC board of directors elected Mrs. Tobias. 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 organisation, which represents 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: The following officers and executive committee members were elected at the spring board meeting: Jeanne E. Head, R.N. of New York, Vice-President for Medical Ethics; John Wayne Cockfield, USMC Ret. of South Carolina, Vice-President for Medical Ethics; Holly Gatling of South Carolina, Secretary; Rev. Dennis C. Day of Idaho, Treasurer; Hon. Geline B. Williams of Virginia, Chairman of the Board; and Vice-Chairman of the Board. Additionally, the following individuals were elected to the executive committee: Hon. Lynda Bell of Florida and Chet Rucinski of Wisconsin.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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