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"Law & Order" Abortion Episode Outrages Pro-Abortion Groups
LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/26/09 | James Tillman

Posted on 10/26/2009 4:02:37 PM PDT by wagglebee

WASHINGTON, DC, October 26, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Last Friday's episode of Law & Order on NBC, entitled "Dignity," has infuriated pro-abortionists while pleasantly surprising pro-lifers with an unexpectedly even-handed treatment of the issue of abortion. 

Ripping its plot from recent headlines, "Dignity" begins with the murder of late-term abortionist Dr. Walter Benning (Matthew Boston) during a church service.  Although the episode has a disclaimer stating that the story is fictional, its initial outline closely matches the case of the late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller, who was shot and killed in a church in Wichita, Kansas, on May 31st. 

After the murderer, Wayne Grogan is captured and confesses to the crime, while his defense attorney, Roger Jenkins (Richard Thomas), argues that the killing was justified because Grogan was acting in defense of someone else - namely, an unborn infant whom Benning was going to abort. 

In the end Grogan is found guilty of the murder; but over the course of the episode a host of the arguments and issues surrounding abortion are covered in a manner unusually sympathetic to the pro-life cause. 

As Dave Andrusko writes on the NRLC's website: "What makes the Law & Order episode so riveting is that virtually every pro-life argument you knew you would never hear on a network program is a part of 'Dignity.'" 

"More important, it occurred to me as I listened in utter astonishment that each of these observations could have been presented in a way that was artificial, forced, or (as so often is the case with network portraits of pro-lifers) something that you would expect from an idiot. None of that was the case. These were real flesh-and-blood people, not caricatures." 

Early in the episode, for instance, Detectives Lupo and Bernard argue with each other over abortion.  Lupo says that forcing an 11-year old rape victim to give birth is unthinkable, to which Bernard responds: "You got it backwards, man! The horrible thing is the rape! Not the bringing of a life into the world." 

He continues by pointing out that he himself was born to an unwed mother, and that Lupo very nearly had another partner. 

Similarly, when Executive Assistant District Attorney, Michael Cutter argues with District Attorney Jack McCoy about whether they should give Grogan a plea bargain, Cutter compares abortion to slavery and Grogan to John Brown.  He continues by arguing that Roe v. Wade conformed but to the science of its day, and that it deserves another look.   

When witnesses begin to take the stand, however, the contrast between the pro-abortion and pro-life position only grows. 

One abortionist, called as witness for the prosecution, says that the life of the disabled child Benning was going to abort would be without dignity.  He continues to say that even if politicians make abortion illegal and "bow to the hypocrites and fools" of the pro-life movement, he would continue to perform abortions despite the law. 

Perhaps the most surprising issue the episode raised is the connection of abortion with infanticide.  Over the course of the case, the defense, desiring to show that Benning was a murderer, calls a witness to testify how a breathing, born-alive infant was killed by Dr. Benning. 

"The boy was crying a little cry, moving his arms and legs," she says.  "Dr. Benning cut the umbilical cord; then he took the surgical scissors and inserted it into the base of the baby's skull." 

Several similarly gruesome, real-life cases of infanticide involving abortionists have occurred in recent years. In one case that drives close to home, an abortionist working for George Tiller, Shelley Sella, was accused of stabbing a born-alive infant in the ribcage until the baby died. In addition, former nurse turned pro-life activist Jill Stanek has also related that while working at a hospital in Illinois, numerous babies born alive after failed abortions were simply left to die in the "soiled utility room."  

Pro-abortion groups have responded to the Law & Order episode with outrage that the show would feature an abortionist modeled on Dr. Tiller in a less than beatific light. 

Charlotte Taft writes that "NBC cannot hide behind the words" by stating that the story is fictitious.  For the media to make a negative story so blatantly ripped off the death of "St. George," as she dubs Tiller, is to murder him again.  "There is no balance here," she says. 

Kate Harding complained on Salon.com that the episode features only two groups: "Anti-choicers, who believe fetuses' rights trump women's, and the pseudo-pro-choicers, who are conveniently persuaded to agree with them by the end of the episode."

"Dignity" may be watched on iTunes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionists; hollywood; laworder; moralabsolutes; prolife; tiller
Pro-abortion groups have responded to the Law & Order episode with outrage that the show would feature an abortionist modeled on Dr. Tiller in a less than beatific light.

Charlotte Taft writes that "NBC cannot hide behind the words" by stating that the story is fictitious. For the media to make a negative story so blatantly ripped off the death of "St. George," as she dubs Tiller, is to murder him again. "There is no balance here," she says.

These people are just sick.

1 posted on 10/26/2009 4:02:37 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 10/26/2009 4:03:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 10/26/2009 4:03:37 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
These people are just sick.

You can add "and lazy, crippled, blind and crazy" to that (from a spiritual standpoint, that is).

4 posted on 10/26/2009 4:09:51 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.vacinfo.org)
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To: wagglebee
I don't watch TV, but this sounds remarkable. And the evenhanded approach is best, because it might actually make some converts of the viewers. Or at least make them think.

In addition, former nurse turned pro-life activist Jill Stanek has also related that while working at a hospital in Illinois, numerous babies born alive after failed abortions were simply left to die in the "soiled utility room."

The hospital in question was a subsidiary of the church that Barack Obama belonged to in Chicago, where Rev. Wright was pastor. Just the right sort of church for Obama.

5 posted on 10/26/2009 4:09:58 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: wagglebee
I was posted this thread on Friday night because I was really surprised how balanced this particular episode was to the pro-life movement. It handled late-term abortions very well and I thought - despite starting the episode with the murder of a Tiller-like doctor - it had a resounding pro-life message.

One of the characters made some eloquent arguments against abortion, and another character actually moved from a pro-abortion position to a seemingly pro-life position. Overall, it was shocking to see such deference giving to the pro-life movement, especially on NBC and on "Law & Order", in particular.

6 posted on 10/26/2009 4:11:19 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: wagglebee
"Law & Order" Abortion Episode Outrages Pro-Abortion Groups

Imagine, ONE pro-life episode has such an impact, when they have been regurgitating their pro-infanticide propaganda on TV shows and the media, for how many years now???

7 posted on 10/26/2009 4:11:22 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.vacinfo.org)
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To: Cicero

I actually saw the episode and was fairly pleased with it.

Jill Stanek was warning the pro-life movement about Zero before most Americans knew who he was.


8 posted on 10/26/2009 4:12:06 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: OldDeckHand

I was surprisingly pleased. I didn’t agree with everything, but it was far better than I ever thought it would be.


9 posted on 10/26/2009 4:13:31 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Then they should stop watching L&O, just like I did after almost 11 years of not missing a single episode. The last year I could no longer waste my time being insulted. That was in 2003.

Have not seen an episode since they did an Iraq War rant that had absolutely nothing to do with the storyline.

10 posted on 10/26/2009 4:13:44 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Cicero

Interesting, but I haven’t watched “Law And Odor” in years.


11 posted on 10/26/2009 4:14:58 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: wagglebee

“Kate Harding complained on Salon.com that the episode features only two groups: ‘Anti-choicers, who believe fetuses’ rights trump women’s, and the pseudo-pro-choicers, who are conveniently persuaded to agree with them by the end of the episode.”

I know I’m mostly preaching to the choir here at FR, but a couple talking points in response to this:

1. There is no right to kill another living human being without cause, either in the Constitution or the moral law.

2. The “fetus” does not trump the woman’s rights: both have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit to happiness. If anything, the woman’s own responsibility to maintain her child’s right to such is what trumps any of her alleged claims that a baby would interfere too much with her life.

3. It’s telling that Ms. Harding thinks only “pseudo-pro-choicers” could possibly be persuaded by pro-life arguments. Perhaps we have a political variant of Calvinism here: once depraved, always depraved. (Actually, come to think of it, that’s part of Calvinism too!)


12 posted on 10/26/2009 4:17:35 PM PDT by sthguard (Inter 0bama silent leges - in times of 0bama, the law falls silent.)
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To: wagglebee

Rats and other vermin scurry away from the light, which in this case is the truth!


13 posted on 10/26/2009 4:17:48 PM PDT by vpintheak (4-times an extremist)
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To: wagglebee
"I was surprisingly pleased. I didn’t agree with everything, but it was far better than I ever thought it would be."

Ultimately, that's all we can ask for - a fair portrayal and airing of both positions. I'd be happy with that, for no other reason because I think the pro-life message is a more compelling one and more likely to be persuasive, which is exactly why the radical pro-abortionists are so displeased with this episode.

That scene where the nurse testified about the baby that survived the abortion was incredibly powerful - a real tearjerker.

14 posted on 10/26/2009 4:18:50 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: wagglebee
I watched that episode, and I noticed that an additional facet involved officer of the court and legal misconduct on the part of the head prosecutor in concealing from the court and jury the homicide (infanticide) committed by the abortion doctor.

The second chair prosecutor finally refused orders to violate ethics rules and reported the crime to the police authorities, court and defense council, a major exposure of the infiltration of the legal system by the culture of death.

15 posted on 10/26/2009 4:21:55 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Cicero

Haven’t you gotten the directive? Thinking is most definitely not part of the pro abortion or even the normal liberal agenda.


16 posted on 10/26/2009 4:22:22 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (atement)
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To: OldDeckHand

I am very encouraged to hear about this. Thanks for posting some good news. I hope some who needed to hear “our side” got to hear it.


17 posted on 10/26/2009 4:22:30 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: wagglebee
These people are just sick.

I would like to know how many pro-aborts are parents of an aborted child. My guess is that most are. And once you've allowed abortion -- and you are not sorry for it -- the evil snakes around your mind and body until it chokes every bit of decency from your heart, then soul. Sick, indeed!


18 posted on 10/26/2009 4:22:47 PM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: sthguard

Calvinism does not teach “once depraved, always depraved.” It is “once saved, always saved,” in other words, you can’t lose your salvation.

If it was “once depraved, always depraved” no one could be saved.


19 posted on 10/26/2009 4:23:50 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Marie2

Good grief, it’s a joke. Surely there’s something in the Institutes about having a sense of humor.

But anyway, you’re wrong: Calvinism teaches that there is no moment of salvation, only a previous moment of predestination, so anyone not among the elect really is “always depraved.”


20 posted on 10/26/2009 4:29:23 PM PDT by sthguard (Inter 0bama silent leges - in times of 0bama, the law falls silent.)
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To: wagglebee

They sound rather like old time NAZIs and Communists.


21 posted on 10/26/2009 4:35:52 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di tray hoi den La Vang)
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To: wagglebee

The feminazi crowd has been able to dictate what’s on TV and in the movies for too long. Now that a TV program won’t bow down and obey them, the feminazis itch and moan like a bundh of spoiled brats.


22 posted on 10/26/2009 4:38:09 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: sthguard

I didn’t mean to seem to take it seriously. It didn’t bother me.


23 posted on 10/26/2009 4:38:43 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: wagglebee
I saw this episode and was surprised. L&O (and their spin offs) do not have the most balanced scripts

At last, an episode that made both sides of a controversial argument "think" rather than a platform (ala James Spader on Boston Legal) for reading a propaganda speech (now THAT'S acting).

24 posted on 10/26/2009 4:40:46 PM PDT by llevrok (As a matter of fact, yes I DO care if Jimmy cracks corn !)
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To: OldDeckHand

I recorded it because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to watch it - anticipating usual pro-abortion hollywood views. I was blown away.

When they had the episode suing George Bush, I thought perhaps I should stop watching. It was a pleasant surprise.


25 posted on 10/26/2009 4:43:12 PM PDT by GOPPachyderm
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To: mlizzy
once you've allowed abortion -- and you are not sorry for it

Those involved in an abortion, whether by having one or supporting someone's having one, cannot allow themselves to think about what they really did. Thus they remain completely rigid in their "pro-choice" attitude. Allowing the tiniest crack in their pro-abortion armor could lead to incredible regret and guilt.

26 posted on 10/26/2009 4:51:07 PM PDT by Freee-dame (The)
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To: wagglebee
I was watching some of the CBS shows last week that surprised me in that I was waiting for the outrage. Some examples:

Monday night - CSI: Miami story about an e-coli and botulism outbreak caused by genetically altered food grown on a farm run by a greedy Big Farmer CEO.

Friday night - Numb3rs story about human cloning done by a sociopathic scientist who works for a big pharmaceutical company, and the head of security who do anything to protect the company's investment.

-PJ

27 posted on 10/26/2009 4:57:44 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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To: wagglebee
Jill Stanek was warning the pro-life movement about Zero before most Americans knew who he was.

Catholics still voted for him...wonder if they are sorry now.

28 posted on 10/26/2009 5:11:25 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: Freee-dame
Those involved in an abortion, whether by having one or supporting someone's having one, cannot allow themselves to think about what they really did. Thus they remain completely rigid in their "pro-choice" attitude. Allowing the tiniest crack in their pro-abortion armor could lead to incredible regret and guilt.

Very well said!
29 posted on 10/26/2009 5:11:48 PM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: mlizzy
If they can convince themselves that abortion is NOT a sin, then they never have to confess that sin, face up to it, and repent of it.

The Devil uses that to keep people bound....I know, for I was rabidly liberal and pro-choice at one time, until I read these words...

"Abortion is the work of the Devil." --Mother Teresa

It is. It started with a lie, and it kills and destroys, not just the baby, but eventually the one who had the abortion, too. Kills them from within, until there is nothing left.

The answer for me and my post-abortion traumas was Jesus Christ, first, last and always.

30 posted on 10/26/2009 5:20:03 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: pray4liberty
If they can convince themselves that abortion is NOT a sin, then they never have to confess that sin, face up to it, and repent of it. The Devil uses that to keep people bound....I know, for I was rabidly liberal and pro-choice at one time, until I read these words...

"Abortion is the work of the Devil." --Mother Teresa

It is. It started with a lie, and it kills and destroys, not just the baby, but eventually the one who had the abortion, too. Kills them from within, until there is nothing left. The answer for me and my post-abortion traumas was Jesus Christ, first, last and always.

Mother Teresa would be very happy to hear you say that. My "silence" lasted for decades. The devil, with his tool of abortion, "kills ... from within, until there is nothing left" is accurate indeed! If only mothers filing into abortion clinics knew that, maybe they'd walk back out instead. (My screen name mlizzy stands for the name I gave to my little girl, Mary Elizabeth. I call on her daily to help me fight the good fight.:))
31 posted on 10/26/2009 6:47:54 PM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: mlizzy
The more I meditated on Mother Teresa's words, the more I realized that she was absolutely right. My conversion was absolute and total. Her words cut past all the B.S. the deluders have thrown in the face of hurting women.

She also said "the fruit of abortion is nuclear war." I can't conceive how liberals are always talking about getting one's karma (remember, I used to be a "feminazi liberal") yet don't consider for one second what the karma will be for aborting innocent people for 30+ years. We are truly bringing sin down upon all our heads.

32 posted on 10/26/2009 7:26:41 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: wagglebee
Generally the support of abortion is a dead story line. There is nothing redeeming or attractive about it. It only serves as an ugly, ugly, gaping void in the story of life. Programs need to support life in order to keep people caring about their storyline.
33 posted on 10/26/2009 11:55:02 PM PDT by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: wagglebee

They’re not sick, they’re evil. They know of what they do.


34 posted on 10/27/2009 12:05:45 AM PDT by csense
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To: csense

Amen....I wish that others would get that concept.

Ain’t no fix for evil!

Militant


35 posted on 10/27/2009 6:46:10 AM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: pray4liberty
The more I meditated on Mother Teresa's words, the more I realized that she was absolutely right. My conversion was absolute and total. Her words cut past all the B.S. the deluders have thrown in the face of hurting women. She also said "the fruit of abortion is nuclear war." I can't conceive how liberals are always talking about getting one's karma (remember, I used to be a "feminazi liberal") yet don't consider for one second what the karma will be for aborting innocent people for 30+ years. We are truly bringing sin down upon all our heads.

"The fruit of abortion is nuclear war." Such an amazing woman. When I was watching her speak at the 1994 Prayer Breakfast for the Clintons, I was just mesmerized by her love and intellect. I kept asking my husband, "Why aren't people listening to her? She's brilliant." But the crowd just continued to p.c. clap even though she was pretty much calling them murderers. Are you Catholic perchance? Either before or after "hearing" Mother Teresa's words?
36 posted on 10/27/2009 4:14:18 PM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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