Carol Tobias, the President of the National Right to Life Committee, gave several presentations Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Tobias spoke at the Dal North Zone Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) Spring Rally at the church the morning of Saturday, April 5.
"Abortion is not a pro-woman issue," said Tobias. "Women are not required to be told about potential risks, something that is required for any other major surgery. Why do they fight health and safety standards? That is not pro-woman. Pro-abortion organizations like to say that they are helping women, but that's not true. They are looking to make a profit."
Tobias also spoke in an open-to-the public presentation at the church the afternoon of Saturday, April 5.
"We have the wonderful ability to be involved in our government, to choose our leaders and to effect the decisions they make. We cannot be pro-life with our right hand and pro-abortion with our left," said Tobias. "Abortion is a political issue. Abortion is also a spiritual, moral issue. The Bible gives us a pretty clear indication that each human being is a unique creation, made by God. We are not to harm His handiwork. We must speak on behalf of the voiceless."
"Abortion is a spiritual battle. God loves His people," she added. "It is not a secret that a society that devalues life at the beginning will also devalue life at the end. What about the elderly and the disabled? We see denial of food and fluids to people who cannot speak for themselves. This has been going on for years in this county. Americans don't yet realize what a slippery slope this is. The loss of respect of human life in the early stages also leads us to discuss cloning and stem cell use. Not a single cure or treatment has been derived from embryo stem cells. All successful treatments have been created from adult stem cells."
Tobias also spoke to the Faith Lutheran Church FLAG youth group on Sunday, April 6, addressing the church's youth and their parents.
"Not only does an innocent baby die in abortion, but the mother is impacted as well...for years afterwards. The fathers are impacted, too. Whether a woman is considering an abortion or has had an abortion, we must open our arms to her. There is such a physical risk to the mother. There are emotional and psychological effects. We must show love and grace," she said. "This is a family issue that effects everyone. When an abortion takes place, you start cutting branches off of a family tree."
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is the oldest and the largest national pro-life organization in the United States with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide. The group works to protect human life from induced abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide through legislation and education. It was founded in 1968 and is a non-partisan political group.
"I heard Carol Tobias speak at the recent National Right to Life Convention. She cares about women and the babies they carry. She has a passion for all of life. We greatly appreciated her presentations," said Faith Lutheran Church Senior Pastor Rev. James Woelmer of Lucas.
"Abortion is interfering with the spiritual life of many Christians," said Tobias. "Women that have had abortions are all around us. Guilt and shame weigh heavily. Many women are hurting, and they need to hear about the love and forgiveness of Jesus. Church members need to be open, responsive and loving. Do the people in your church know that abortion is wrong? You cannot tell all of your members who to vote for, but make sure your members know where candidates stand. Be informed. We do need Christians in politics. We are citizens of two kingdoms. I would encourage you all to go forward and serve God in both."
About Carol Tobias:
Carol Tobias is president of the National Right to Life Committee. A native of North Dakota, she has served on the National Right to Life 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 National Right to Life political director, a position she held until 2005. In that capacity, she organized and conducted seminars on pro-life issues and on becoming involved in the political process. She was a regular speaker at conferences around the country and participated in candidate-training seminars, teaching candidates how to handle pro-life issues in a campaign. During her tenure as 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 National Right to Life's political action committee on behalf of George W. Bush. Mrs. Tobias has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight, NBC's Today Show, The News Hour on PBS, news shows on CNN, C-SPAN and Fox News Channel, as well as numerous television and radio programs throughout the country. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. She and her husband, Damon, live in Cedar Crest, New Mexico.
About Faith Lutheran Church:
Faith Lutheran Church puts Jesus at the center of all that is preached and taught. Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and has locations in both Plano and Wylie, Texas. It is a congregation that is faithful to the Scriptures. For more information, please visit www.faithplano.org and www.faithwylie.org or call 972.423.7447.