Skip to comments."Law & Order" Abortion Episode Outrages Pro-Abortion Groups
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.
They sound rather like old time NAZIs and Communists.
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.
I didn’t mean to seem to take it seriously. It didn’t bother me.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Catholics still voted for him...wonder if they are sorry now.
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.
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.
They’re not sick, they’re evil. They know of what they do.
Amen....I wish that others would get that concept.
Ain’t no fix for evil!