Devaluing of Human Life
Neocutis in San Francisco has admitted to using skin cells from an aborted boy in its anti-aging cream. In response to protests, Neocutis claims that the cells were acquired in a responsible and ethical way (article here). This is a sign of how seriously Western society devalues human life. This procedure involves not only the killing of children but also harvesting them for our own use. There is nothing responsible or ethical about it. Most people in Western society would be repulsed by cannibalism. This is not as blatant, but how is it fundamentally different? In either case, people are killing other people for their own consumption. Ravi Zacharias explains in The Lamb and the Führer: Jesus Talks with Hitler that "If you reduce mankind to mere matter, the offspring of natural causes, you take away the equality and dignity of each person" (75). He further explains that, "in denying the moral law, everything becomes a pathetic attempt to defend even the abominable" (87). He argues that the devaluing of human life in free societies is no different from what is found in Nazism and Al Qaeda. "The atrocities we commit in our civilized societies are only dressed up with law and language. The world is reeling with the tricks being played to justify the profane. Our ways today are only better than sixty years ago at the surface level. At the core we are all in the same mess" (87-88). Justifying the use of aborted fetuses in cosmetics has the potential to lead to dangerous practices further down the road. Francis Schaeffer warned that the devaluing of human life in abortion can lead to serious consequences:
Without the Judeo-Christian base which gives every individual an intrinsic dignity as made in the image of the personal-infinite Creator, each successive horror falls naturally into place. Combine arbitrary law (in which a small group of people may decide what is good for society at that moment in history) with the Supreme Court ruling on arbitrary abortion and the gates are opened for many kinds of killing under the guise of social good (WHHR, 329).
When society abandons God it ultimately loses its foundation for morality. Such a foundation can be found only in the form and freedom provided in the biblical Gospel.
WHHR = Francis A. Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? in Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, vol. 5 (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1982).