Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 2005 on NBC

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  • Well-written, but deceitful

    This was a well-written and well-acted episode. The reason for for the low review is that the scenario depicted in the episode would never have happened in real life - therefore, the purpose of this episode was not to entertain, but to deceive - and I take offense at that. Let's look at the scenario. A girl goes to an abortion clinic. The doctor there (presumedly because he has moral qualms about about abortion) lies to the girl. The girl (presumedly because she has no other choice) gets her boyfriend to get a crude home abortion. The doctor is arrested. Now, if you just think about it, there are a few things about this picture that are quite blatently false. Number one: that a doctor who disagrees with abortion would have a job at an abortion clinic. This is just silly. Doctors and nurses who have a problem with abortion don't get jobs at abortion clinics. There are plenty of other places to get work. Anyone who works at an abortion clinic clearly is not troubled by abortion - or else they wouldn't have gotten a job there. Number two: that anyone would have a hard time finding an abortion clinic in New York City, where Law and Order SVU is set. Just google "Abortion Clinics New York City." You'll get about 278,000 results. And it's really, really easy to get an abortion. In New York state you don't need parental permission. In some cases it's easier for a girl in high school to get an abortion than it is to get an aspirin. Number threee: That it would be hard to get a late term abortion. Sadly for those of us who have moral problems with abortion, this is not the case. The bottom line is that this is yet another episode of SVU where the writers let their politics get in the way of telling a plausible story. Whatever your views on this subject, I think that you can agree that this sort of deceitful propaganda makes awfully bad television.