Hitler, Mozart, and Abortion
Gerard Vanderleun laments the social cost of abortion, wondering, “Of all those babies we destroyed, how many were Einsteins, how many were Mozarts?” Harvey Olson retorts, “Statistically, about as many as there were Hitlers, Dahmers, and Chos.”
A debate ensues about the statistical likelihood that a given aborted fetus would mature into a genius vice a sociopath with a side argument about their relative value. Harvey observes, “I’d give up Jim Henson for Karl Marx. I love muppets, but I *really* hate communism.”
Amusing as that all is, it strikes me that, if the argument for abortion hinges on the exceedingly small chance that a given fetus would mature into a future Einstein or Shakespeare, the pro-choice side wins. Surely, statistically unlikely possibilities are no reason to restrict people’s freedom, especially on such an important matter as becoming responsible for the care of a child for two decades or more.
Either the unborn child is a human being, with certain inalienable rights, or it isn’t. If it is, then it deserves to live regardless of whether it might grow up to discover the cure for cancer.