Rachel Alexander

Western civilization has gradually progressed away from barbaric practices. By the 20th century, most developed nations stopped torturing people and executing them in cruel ways. In the US, only humane ways of execution are permitted for executing the most notorious criminals.

Similarly, support for abortion decreased in recent years as awareness spread of how horrific the procedure is. A nationwide ban on partial-birth abortion finally made it into law in 2003, and was upheld by the Supreme Court. The younger generations have become more pro-life than older generations; 23-year old Lila Rose is one of the biggest names today in the pro-life movement. In 1990, 65% of Americans supported legalized abortion. In 2009, a Gallup poll found for the first time that more Americans call themselves “pro-life” on abortion than not. 51% now consider themselves pro-life compared to 42% who consider themselves pro-choice. In 2011, 62% or all of Americans surveyed told Gallup they wanted all or most abortions made illegal.

This past week, the well-known Susan J. Komen breast cancer charity started to back away from its ties to abortion. Komen contributes about $680,000 per year to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US. Komen has been under pressure for years by pro-lifers to disassociate itself from Planned Parenthood. On January 31, 2012, Komen announced it would cut funding to Planned Parenthood. At first it appeared that the decision to stop funding came as a result of a new policy not to fund organizations under investigation. Planned Parenthood is under investigation for several reasons, including providing abortions to minors. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is investigating Planned Parenthood for using taxpayer funding for abortions, a violation of the Hyde Amendment. Planned Parenthood receives over $300 million per year in taxpayer funding, one-third of its budget.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She also serves as senior editor of The Stream.