Ripped From Which Headlines? "Dignity"

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Oct. 26 2009 7:43 AM

Ripped From Which Headlines? "Dignity"

We all know that Law & Order rips its stories from the headlines, but which headlines? Every week, Brow Beat matches L&O 's plot points to the events that inspired them.

Oct. 23, 2009: "Dignity"

These Are Their Stories:
Dr. Walter Benning is shot and killed in church. As one of the few doctors who performs legal late-term abortions in New York, Benning had been shot before and was wearing a bulletproof vest. The man who shot him is a loner unaffiliated with any pro-life groups.

This Is the Real Story:
On May 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller, described by the Washington Post as "the nation's most prominent provider of controversial late-term abortions," was shot and killed while attending church in Wichita, Kan. He had been shot in both arms in 1993 and sometimes wore a bulletproof vest. Scott Roeder, the man accused of shooting him, is an unaffiliated loner. (Roeder's trial is set to begin in January 2010 .)

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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