I’ve seen bad writing on television shows before but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show which was as pointless this last week’s “Law & Order: SVU” episode entitled “Hammered.” It was like part of the episode was written by a NARAL employee. The gist of story (a full recap is here) is that a guy wakes up to a murdered woman at his place. He has no memory of what happened the night before.
We eventually find out the dead woman is an abortion provider so the detectives suspect the guy is prolife and killed her because he was against abortion or that someone against abortion killed her and set him up. We get a confrontation between the detectives and an abortion clinic protester which is filled with the usual soundbitastic pro-choice arguments (life of the mother, rape, etc.) and makes the prolife protester out to be callous. Another abortion provider at the dead woman’s clinic is allowed to spout NARAL’s statistics of violence against abortion providers, attack the intelligence of prolifers and show all the hate mail the clinic receives.
Eventually, we find out the main suspect is an alcoholic who gets violent when drunk and then has blackouts and can’t remember what he did while drunk. So abortion had nothing to do with the killing, it was just a chance for the writers to bash prolifers and promote abortion. I’m guessing the writers wanted another one of Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Awards.