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"Dignity"
L&O, Episode 20.05
Production number: 20005
First aired: 23 October 2009
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Written By
Richard Sweren & Julie Martin

Directed By
Jim McKay

PlotEdit

When Doctor Walter Benning (Matthew Boston) is killed in church, Detectives Lupo and Kevin Bernard arrive at the scene and are informed a white male was seen fleeing in a dark sedan. The minister (Michael Hollick) 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 (Tracy Sallows), is convinced it is a pro-life zealot who is responsible. While the detectives scan the several protester suspects, Lt. Van Buren gets more bad news and ADA Rubirosa faces a moral dilemma, causing tension among the team.

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

Guest castEdit

QuotesEdit

(After Cutter, who is pro-life, chides Rubirosa for aiding the defense)

Connie Rubirosa: I can't just leave my soul on the coat rack every morning!


Michael Cutter: We are united by a common belief - that each life is special and unique. And it is that belief which causes us to reject the violence and the chaos represented by Wayne Grogan's actions.

ReferencesEdit

Late Term Abortion; Mission for Life; Hackensack, New Jersey; Topeka, Kansas; Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; Daniel David Lester; Amanda Barnett; Meckel-Gruber Syndrome

Background information & notesEdit

  • This episode was almost certainly inspired by the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller who, like Dr. Benning, provided late-term abortions and was murdered while attending church.


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