Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, spoke with a passion and zeal for life that was visibly infectious at the Civitas Institute’s 2017 Conservative Leadership Conference. She said that she would be saying what needs to be said, and that it comes from her heart.
Dannenfelser began her remarks by recognizing Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, and her work on the front lines of life and other issues. She said that last election they had worked together to touch close to 400,000 people with the message of life.
Originally from North Carolina, Dannenfelser said living in Washington, DC is different, with its mixture of hope and disappointment, promises made and promises broken, and pledges of support and double-crossing. She said that she has never forgotten what she learned at home, in Greenville, which is, “We put people first, before institutions, before our convenience, before our plans. The dignity of the human person comes first.”
“That is why, when I came to embrace the pro-life cause, I began to believe this greatest human rights struggle of our time deserves a great strategy,” Dannenfelser said. “Do these unborn children deserve a great strategy, too? You bet they do.”
She went to say that conservatives must craft such a strategy if we really believe what the unborn children are: individuals loved by God, created with a purpose and a plan that only they can fulfill.
Dannenfelser again mentioned that opportunities exist in 2018 to gain seats in the US Senate. She said, “North Korea, Vietnam and China are three of six nations that have not passed a 20-week [abortion] bill, just as the United States has not. That’s the human rights crowd that we are associated with.”
The two world views, that of those who ascribe to a pro-life view, and those who believe that taking the lives of unborn children is a “reproductive right,” are crashing against one another, Dannenfelser said. This is evidenced by the writings of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who said advocated murdering children who were known to be born having a disability.
“We need to elect men and women who will protect unborn children and their mothers,” she said.
Dannenfelser reiterated that during the 2016 elections pro-life supporters talked with 390,000 people door-to-door in North Carolina. She said going door to door takes to heart the dignity of individuals.
Dannenfelser closed her remarks with a recitation of a prayer that was offered by Rep. Henry Hyde: “When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!'”
Marjorie Dannenfelser is a wife, mother of five children, a former Capitol Hill Lobbyist, and the President and an original organizer of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life group of more than 465,000 members nationwide dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates to reduce and ultimately end abortion.