Planet of the Apes
The Spanish Parliament recently made it safer to be a pre-born ape than a pre-born human being.
The new law protects great apes from the moment of conception against abortion and fetal experimentation.
Unbelievably, pre-born humans are not granted the same protection in Spain and are still subject to abortion and scientific research.
To protest the vote, a group of pro-life supporters dressed as gorillas and gathered around the headquarters of the ruling political party. They said they were there to celebrate their historic legal and political victory and to ask why human babies are still being denied the same protections.
The protestors were members of Spain’s Right to Life Association. The group’s leader, Ignacio Arsuaga, urged Spain’s president to fulfill his campaign promise to overturn an abortion law passed by his Socialist predecessor.
More than 400,000 Spaniards have already signed a petition demanding repeal of the abortion law.
“Because of this law 300 unborn babies die violent deaths every day in Spain—more than a hundred thousand a year—and that is something that a democratic society cannot afford,” Arsuaga said.
The new great ape law follows a 2008 resolution by the same parliament that enshrined human rights for chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos.
That resolution was designed to comply with the Great Apes Project, founded in 1993, which argues that “non-human hominids” should enjoy the right to life, freedom and not be subjected to torture.
The Great Apes Project was started by Italian philosopher Paola Cavalieri and Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University.
The pair maintain that apes display emotions such as love, fear, anxiety and jealously.
Singer has written that: “There is no sound moral reason why possession of basic rights should be limited to members of a particular species. Great apes are intelligent beings with strong emotions that in many ways resemble our own.”
He added: “Just as some humans are unable to fend for themselves and need others to act as their guardians, so, too, will great apes living in the midst of human communities.
“What extending basic rights to apes does mean is that they will cease to be mere things that can be owned and used for our amusement and entertainment.”
Apes “need others to act as their guardians?” They will “cease to be mere things that can be owned?”
All true enough, but there’s virtually no indication that people such as Singer give a second thought to denying the same rights to pre-born humans, especially at their earliest stages of development.
While all animals deserve our respect, placing them on the same level with humans—and in the case in Spain above them—denies the clear Biblical teaching that humans are unique.
Genesis 1:26 teaches that humans are created in God’s image (“Imago Dei”): “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God said that everything He had made, including the animals and humans, was “very good.”
Thus Scripture makes it clear that humans are uniquely special. The image of God refers to the non-physical part of man. Among other things, that uniqueness allows us to communicate with God and have a relationship with him.
For us to grant greater honor and protection to animals distorts everything God has intended and what should be the foundation of any moral society.
While we are to care for animals (Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal…”) that does not mean they are equal to humans.
Our distorted values are clearly shown by the endless commercials seeking help to protect dogs and cats, but virtually none calling for an end to abortion or for the adoption of unwanted children.
Georgia Right to Life respects animals, but will continue to stand strong that innocent human life is unique, precious, and deserves our full protection—from its earliest biological beginning until natural death.