Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 11

Monogamy

5
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2002 on NBC

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    • Stabler is upset because the most they can charge the suspect with is illegal third trimester abortion because they cannot prove that the child was born live and killed after the fact. This contrasts with what was established prior in the Law & Order episode "Misconception," which stated that once the fetus reached twenty-one weeks, an individual could be charged with manslaughter if they caused the mother to miscarry or the fetus to cease development. According to real New York law, if the woman is over 24 weeks pregnant, the crime is abortion in the first degree.