A late-term abortion doctor is killed, which leads to the emotionally-charged trial of a pro-life advocate, and threatens to drive a wedge between Cutter and Rubirosa.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Jenkins
Kevin Morton
Expert Doctor
Colleen Werthmann ...
Mrs. Grogan
Jennice Morrow
Jill Casey
Lisa Barnett
Tracy Sallows ...
Francis Benning


When Dr. Walter Benning is killed in church, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard arrive at the scene and are informed a white male was seen fleeing in a dark sedan. The minister, tells the detectives that Dr. Benning was a late-term abortion doctor and had been shot at before and threatened many times; and his wife, Phyllis Benning, is convinced it is a pro-life zealot who is responsible. While the detectives scan the several protestor suspects, Lieutenant Anita Van Buren gets more bad news and ADA Connie Rubirosa faces a moral dilemma causing tension among the team. Written by NBC Publicity

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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Ripped from the headlines about the shooting of notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller "The Killer". See more »


Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter: I'd like to show you something... People's 32 this is the wallet that Walter Benning was carrying when he was shot. And I want to show you these photos of his children and grandchildren. Photos that are stained with... I can't, I can't do this there's, there's been too much heartbreaking testimony. Just too much. We're dealing with an issue here that goes to the very mystery of our existence. What is life? When does it begin? At conception? At viability? At birth? And in good faith, we seek ...
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Preachy camp
1 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Lots of awful dialogue and cheap talk about "bad guys" and the human soul pollute a show that has traditionally been about hard facts and good police work. Justice.

Instead the writers of this episode use the perennial "Law and Order" as a podium to shout their viewpoints on Roe vs. Wade. Don't get me wrong, this is a serious debate for a lot of people and having a Law and Order episode about it isn't beyond reproach. Law and Order has tackled other serious topics in the past, but the writing didn't use to be this schlock either.

Forget this episode. It's ham-handed at it's best and patronizing at it's best. Law in Order has done a much better job talking to it's audience in the past, but here they stop just short of staring directly into the camera. Why bother even speaking in character at this point?

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