Our miracle baby story. by Tarah Tugman

b727074b-3e59-4d33-9008-a409f894f038In the fall of 2000, we learned that we were expecting our first baby. We were absolutely thrilled. Our due date was May 13th, 2001, which happened to be Mother’s Day that year. We had our 20-week anatomy scan in December and baby was modest. We heard a healthy heartbeat but we did not learn gender. We traveled to Indiana after Christmas and our entire family was so excited. On January 10th, 2001, I started experiencing some pain. I went to my obstetrician and we received the devastating news that baby was coming early. We prayed and prayed in that exam room for a miracle. They rushed me to the hospital and despite their best efforts, I went into labor at 23 weeks. They monitored my contractions and baby's perfect heart rate all night long. Every heartbeat echoed in the room. 14 hours later, at 9:46 AM, on January 11th, 2001, I delivered a beautiful baby girl. We named her Grace. She weighed 1 lb and .2 ounces. She was 11.5" long. She was born sleeping in Jesus. She was absolutely perfectly formed. I remember holding her and taking in every little detail about her. She had 10 long fingers like her Daddy, 10 toes that looked like Mommy's, a tiny button nose, the start of dark hair, and heart-shaped lips.   It seems just like yesterday. We were given hospital photos, a memory keepsake box, a birth certificate, and a death certificate. We then had a memorial service and burial. I struggled for years with grief. I never gave up my faith in God, but I struggled with fully trusting Him. I thought after having Grace we would immediately have more children. As the years passed, we struggled to conceive again. We visited doctors, had a lot of tests, and even tried fertility drugs for a year. Nothing. No answers. In 2003, the devil began to battle me with fear, anxiety, and panic attacks. I ended up in three different emergency rooms. My husband and I received several words from the Lord through a dear sister at church. We were told that He had put us together and to prepare for the ministry He had for us in our church. We were told that He would give us the desires of our heart. It was spoken over us several times that we would conceive, but God remained silent. We felt the Lord calling us to work with the young people in our church. However, every time that I got together with them I could only focus on the fact that our Grace wasn’t there. For a long time, I wrestled with the Lord in the things He was calling me to do. I kept telling my husband that I just felt restless and without purpose. About 5 years ago, we began meeting with our young people for monthly youth services. It was like a healing balm. We were the “youth ministers” and it was ministering back to me. The Lord began blessing our services and pouring out His Spirit. I began to feel healed and whole again. In March of 2013, I reached out to my local Right to Life. I wanted to share Grace’s story. The group had dwindled to a handful and needed as much help as possible. I started managing their Facebook page, created a Twitter following, and designed a website.  It was mentioned that we needed a pro-life outreach for teens in our county. I, once again, began to feel God calling me to step up. In September of 2013, we started Caldwell County Teens4Life. I meet once each month with 8 young people who are passionate for the Lord and their stand for the unborn. The Lord has opened the door on several occasions to share Grace’s little life with others. In November of 2013, I “met” Lisa Metzger from Cities4Life Charlotte.   I started reading about Cities4Life and was just amazed. My husband and I felt drawn in and received training in January of 2014. We began to spend our Fridays calling out to women & men to spare the lives of their babies. Some of those babies were not much younger than my Grace. We witnessed some of the darkest souls and demonic spirits. This was totally outside of my comfort zone and yet, I knew it was where God wanted us. I stopped feeling so restless and began to feel like God had given me a purpose. I began to see that He was working all things for our good. On April 4th, 2014, we learned something amazing. After 13 years, we were expecting! My doctors took every precaution for what they labeled a "high-risk pregnancy."  My entire pregnancy went wonderfully and I  gave birth on November 19th to our little miracle. Her name is Ava. She is the answer to many, many prayers. She is living proof that God still performs miracles. God gives “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” He alone can use our deepest moments of despair for His glory. He can take us at our weakest and mold us into who He needs us to be. He is the God who gives and the God who takes away. Blessed be His name!

Calling all pro-life high schoolers!

CampJoshua-2016             Camp Joshua is a must-attend event for any young pro-life leaders. The weekend program equips high school students to effectively communicate the pro-life message in their churches, schools, and communities - all while having a great time with peers from across the state who are their passion for Life. CJNC15group Camp Joshua is just weeks away! We still have spaces available, but registration ends soon: please reach out to any pro-life high schoolers you know. You can direct them to www.campjoshuanc.org or have them contact our camp coordinator natalievotipka@gmail.com or 336-274-5433.

Sponsor a student to attend Camp Joshua

We have students who would like to attend Camp Joshua but cannot without a sponsor. We do not want to let finances prevent any young pro-life leaders from attending this fantastic program. Can you give a scholarship? $95 covers the entire weekend for one student. You can give online through our website (enter $95 for the amount and "sponsor a student at camp" under "description"). Feel free to contact natalievotipka@gmail.com or call our office at 336-274-5433 with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

Planned Parenthood Funding and the Omnibus Vote by: National Right to Life

Editor's Note: As a state affiliate of National Right to Life, we agree with their position condemning the false attacks about our pro-life members of congress concerning the defunding of Planned Parenthood.   plannedparenthood In many primary elections, candidates are challenging pro-life incumbent Congressmen saying they are “not really pro-life” because the Congressmen (or Congresswomen) voted in favor of the Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 2029). This is being said of some of the most stalwart defenders of life on the Hill! Committed pro-life House members, who have 100% voting scores from National Right to Life, are being inaccurately, unfairly described as “not pro-life enough” by some critics. Some of the critics clearly have ulterior political motives, while others may merely be misinformed. “Neither Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Congressman Robert Pittenger,  nor any other member of Congress did anything contrary to pro-life interests by voting in favor of the omnibus appropriations bill in December,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The bill preserved existing pro-life laws such as the Hyde Amendment, and contrary to some claims, it contained no earmark, line item, or specific appropriation for Planned Parenthood. It is true that we need a new law to prevent Planned Parenthood from tapping into federal health programs such as Medicaid – but that effort was best advanced by approval of a separate bill, the budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 3762), which was immune from a pro-abortion filibuster. Although the reconciliation bill was vetoed, the filibuster-avoiding path blazed byH.R. 3762 can be employed to enact a block on funding to Planned Parenthood, once there is a president willing to sign it.”

Addendum:

National Right to Life took no position on the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 2029), which passed the House of Representatives on December 18, 2015, by a vote of 316-113, and which subsequently passed the Senate and was enacted into law. Whatever the other merits or demerits of that bill, no member of Congress did anything contrary to PRO-LIFE interests by voting for it. Contrary to some claims, that bill contained no earmark, line item, or specific appropriation for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood receives most of its federal funds simply by tapping into longstanding federal programs such as Medicaid, and to prevent this would require enactment of a new law. The omnibus appropriations bill was ill-suited to serve as a vehicle for enacting such a new law, because an omnibus appropriations bill is subject to filibuster, and because it contains funding for most government programs (veterans, military, law enforcement, etc.). Instead, National Right to Life advocated enactment of a law to bar funding for Planned Parenthood as part of the budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 3762), which was not subject to filibuster. The House gave preliminary approval to this pro-life budget reconciliation bill on October 23, 2015, and it subsequently won Senate approval as well, since it was not subject to filibuster. President Obama vetoed H.R. 3762 -- just as he would have vetoed any appropriations bill or other type of bill that limited funding to Planned Parenthood -- but the filibuster-avoiding path blazed by H.R. 3762 can be employed to enact a prohibition on funding to Planned Parenthood, once there is a president in office willing to sign it.

Congressional Voting Records

Editor's Note: A full list of NCRTL PAC encourages people to vote for is listed here: These US House members have demonstrated their strong pro-life stance through their votes for pro-life legislation. Name (District Number) HolingyallHolding, George (2) jonesJones, Walter (3) vfoxxFoxx, Virginia (5) WalkerWalker, Mark (6) 03U-6nNz_400x400Rouzer, David (7) dd5c63ea9343041d9deeb0d643ce8562_400x400Hudson, Richard (8) 78b1ad7b33764bd131f92ef17089bb78_400x400Pittenger. Robert (9) 1O9z-PmQ_400x400McHenry, Patrick (10) markmeadowsMeadows, Mark (11) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ ellmersnrlc Information about Renee Ellmers can be found here.