Law & Order SVU
December 27, 2008
If you watch Law & Order: SVU for very long, you may notice that many of the episodes display an interesting bias, presumably in keeping with the political leanings of the show’s writers.
One particular episode revealed a very troubling line of thinking. What you will see when you click here (after an irrelevant commercial courtesy of NBC) is a two minute excerpt from said episode that shows a woman customer asking a woman pharmacist for the “morning after pill”, and when the pharmacist asks if the customer had considered adoption, the customer assaults the pharmacist. What you will not see on the online two-minute episode highlight, however, is a short remark that followed the scene, if you watched the show on television like I did.
Following the assault, Detective Benson and Detective Fin, protagonists in the show, walked down the sidewalk and Detective Fin said to Detective Benson regarding the pharmacist, (quoting from memory) “that’s what happens when people try to ram their beliefs down other people’s throats” (or something equally snide to that effect). It turns out that the customer had been raped and that’s why she needed the morning after pill — though the pharmacist obviously had no way of knowing that.
So let’s get this straight. Customer apparently believes day-after-conception abortions are permissible, at least in the case of rape. Pharmacist apparently does not. Customer approaches Pharmacist and asks demands that Pharmacist act in accordance with Customer’s beliefs. Pharmacist suggests that Customer’s beliefs may not be correct. Customer assaults Pharmacist. And the conclusion is that Pharmacist forced her beliefs on Customer? Not that Customer forced her beliefs on Pharmacist? It is remarkable that the writers of Law & Order SVU, or any reflective person, could think that makes sense. But such are the times in which we live.