Newsweek Names Pro-Life Women’s Group Prez a New Christian Leader

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 14, 2010   |   2:36PM   |   Washington, DC

In a new article on what Newsweek terms the “religious right,” the news magazine has included the president of a pro-life women’s group as one of the top 10 leaders of the second generation of Christian conservatives.

The magazine included Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

Dannenfelser leads an organization that isn’t explicitly religious but draws its support from many conservative Christians. Once a pro-choice, moderate Republican, Dannenfelser about-faced in college, becoming anti-abortion at the same time she left the Episcopal Church to become a Catholic.

Today, she heads the Susan B. Anthony List, which she founded out of her house in 1991. The political-action committee, which gives money to pro-life candidates, has quietly become one of the nation’s preeminent anti-abortion groups, making it the standard-bearer for one of the religious right’s central issues. And she has the ear of evangelical rock star and potential 2012 candidate Sarah Palin, who headlined an SBA List fundraiser in May 2010.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, noted the honor and said it is well deserved.

[C]congratulations to Marjorie Dannenfelser, founder and president of the Susan B. Anthony List, for receiving  recognition she deserves, particularly after her group’s amazing success during the 2010 election season.

Marjorie stands out as being the only person listed whose total focus is the pro-life issue.

Stanek also noted that Newsweek included Jim Wallis of Sojourners on the list, even though is one of the “evangelical left” who act as Obama apologists even though the president is strongly pro-abortion and violates pro-life Christian and Catholic Church teachings.

Newsweek also named Robert George, a pro-life professor at Princeton University who has been responsible for pro-life legislation such as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and the Manhattan Declaration, and Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, as top leaders and representatives of the modern-day values voters.