"Life Choice"
L&O, Episode 1.12
Production number: 66213
First aired: 8 January 1991
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Logan Life Choice
Teleplay By
David Black & Robert Stuart Nathan

Story By
Dick Wolf

Directed By
Aaron Lipstadt

Benjamin Stone faces pressure from the public and from Adam Schiff as he prepares to prosecute the person accused of bombing an abortion clinic.

Plot Edit

A young woman dies in a bombing at an abortion clinic. Greevey and Logan find themselves disagreeing over the issue of abortion. Schiff questions whether the views of Stone will interfere with his work.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit


Quotes Edit

"The mother seems to be taking it pretty hard."
"It's gonna take awhile."
"What, to realize that her daughter is dead?"
"To realize she didn't die with her."
"The father doesn't seem to be having that problem."
"That's because he didn't lose a daughter, he gained a martyr."

- Mike Logan and Max Greevey

"Now, I don't care what you believe. Trying to prevent abortions by bombing goes way too far. I don't know how you can even *sit* here and defend it!"
"You and I both know they didn't mean to hurt anybody."
"NO, I DON'T KNOW THAT, OKAY? Only an *idiot* thinks bombs don't hurt people."

- Mike Logan and Max Greevey

"These people aren't criminals."
"What are they, Mary Poppins? Mother Teresa?"
"They're exercising their right of free speech."
"Throwing a bomb is a little non-verbal to qualify as speech, sir."

- Ballard and Benjamin Stone

"Our daughter did what she did out of her own conscience. We can live with that."
"You can live with that, Geoffrey! A martyr will never be able to tell me what a wonderful day she had at school today! A martyr will never have a wedding! A martyr will never have children!"

- Geoffrey Donovan and Barbara Donovan

"Okay, Don Juan. Any of your girlfriends ever have an abortion?"
"One ex-girlfriend, who's now married with two kids. Neither of them mine."

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan

"So a seventeen-year-old should just louse up her whole life by having a kid."
"Seventeen-year-olds shouldn't be doing what makes babies."
"And crooks shouldn't have guns. Get real. C'mon, what they should be is more careful."
"Kids aren't careful, that's why they're kids!"

- Mike Logan and Max Greevey

"Objection, this case is being judged on the temporal plane, Your Honor."

- Benjamin Stone

"Amazing. I'm getting angry. The most emotional issue that the law has dealt with since suffrage. Look at us -- three men. Talking about what rights women should have over their own bodies. Now doesn't that strike you as a little one-sided?"

- Adam Schiff

"If you're gonna stick your finger in my eye, Mr. Ballard, clean your own nails first."

- Benjamin Stone

"If abortion is murder, no matter how you feel about Mary Donovan, aren't you guilty of the murder of her unborn child?"

- Benjamin Stone

Background information and notes Edit

  • Dick Wolf stated in an interview on The Creation of Law & Order, an extra on the first year DVD collection of the series, that "Life Choice" is his favorite episode.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3

University Registrar's
Tuesday, March 17

Chelsea Women's
Choices Center

Nature First
Garden Supply
302 West 41st Street
Thursday,March 19

4 5 6

The Home of
Mr and Mrs Donovan
422 Henderson Place
Monday,April 13

Supreme Court
Criminal Term
Trial Part 45
Thursday, June 4

Supreme Court
Wednesday, June 10

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"Out of the Half-Light"
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