This week Newsweek’s David A. Graham named SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser as one of ten leaders (“Faces of the Christian Right) who are “Leaders of a Changing Movement.” This slideshow first appeard online at Newsweek.com on December 13, 2010.
Like Gallagher, Marjorie 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.