Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
If you are tired about how the secular media and entertainment
industry always slant anything that has to do with abortion in a
pro-abortion direction, take 42 minutes and click on the link below:
Law and Order show on Abortion
You’ll see an episode of “Law and Order” that aired in the Fall and
that delighted pro-lifers and upset pro-aborts.
The episode was based on the killing of abortionist George Tiller.
But unlike many news reports, which go from there to simply paint
the killer as a “pro-life fanatic” and the pro-life position itself
as fanaticism leading to violence, the “Law and Order” episode
actually brought some balance into the debate.
First of all, in the episode, the killer is permitted to make a
defense based on the intention of saving a life. Now pro-life people
rightly proclaim that unborn children are real lives, and they also
know that this fact doesn’t justify killing an abortionist. Yet the
fictional courtroom in this episode allowed more than real
courtrooms normally do when it comes to the abortion debate.
And as the courtroom drama unfolds, we catch a glimpse of the
ambivalence of the American people when faced with the reality of
abortion. Moreover, we catch a glimpse of the extremism of
and of the movement that supports it.
For example, an abortionist testifies that he is committed to doing
abortions, no matter what the law may eventually say. This leads the
DA to comment privately that there is extremism on both sides
of the issue. This reflects a growing awareness of atrocities within
the abortion industry, as more abortionists are arrested for various
types of malpractice and abuse.
In another moving scene, testimony is given of a botched abortion,
after which the child is killed outside the womb. This reflects what
abortionists call “the dreaded complication,” a child born alive.
What often happens in abortion facilities and hospitals is precisely
that the child is killed outside the womb. The jury is obviously
upset by the revelation and the description of what happened. And
even the prosecuting attorney declares, “Each life is special and
unique and imbued with inalienable rights.”
Most telling are some of the private conversations between the DA
and his assistants. “I grew up thinking Roe v Wade was gospel,” one
woman says, but now “I don’t know where my privacy ends and
another’s dignity begins.” “The tide has turned,” another says,
describing how his daughter was pro-choice until she saw an
ultrasound.” In other conversations, it is asserted that “Roe is
outdated science…the disabled are protected…defects can be
corrected.” One character is even told, “Substitute slavery for
abortion” and see if the arguments make sense.
And at one point, the DA declares that one would hope for more
consistency, that more pro-life people would oppose the death
penalty and that more human rights advocates would find some rights
for unborn children.
I won’t tell you how the episode ends, because I’d like you to watch
it. And when you do so, be encouraged.