Here's a barely-related side note to my previous post. Also in the NC Conservative today is commentary about the role abortion issues played in the Alito confirmation hearings. In making his point, the author describes the risks of abortion as including "the possibility of killing the next Einstein, Beethoven or Lincoln in the womb."
I know we're born with certain genetic predispositions, but does anyone doubt that Beethoven's life did more than his parentage to make him worthy of our rememberance? Don't we think that, had the infant Abe Lincoln been adopted by a southern family by the name of Booth, someone else would have presided over the Civil War? There are a number of good arguments that the anti-choice people can bring to the table, but this is definitely not one of them.