Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Life Choice 

After an anti-abortion protester is killed in an abortion center bombing, detectives search for all of her potential co-conspirators.


Aaron Lipstadt


Dick Wolf (created by), David Black (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Sergeant Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Captain Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... A.D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Caroline Kava ... Rose Schwimmer
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ... Defense Attorney Ballard
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Defense Attorney Molloy
Clark Gregg ... Patrick Dunne
Jaime Tirelli ... CSU Technician Rivera
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ... Celeste McClure
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Trial Judge Tyler B. Ashford
Kevin Cooney ... Geoffrey Donovan
Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy ... Barbara Donovan


Sgt. Grevey and Det. Logan investigate a bombing at an abortion clinic that resulted in the death of 22 year-old Mary Donovan who was using the clinic's bathroom. In fact, Donovan was carrying false ID and it was she who used a basic pipe bomb to blow up the clinic. Donovan was a supporter of the Women for Life organization and the bomb materials are traced to Celeste McClure who likely made the bomb. They suspect Rose Schwimmer, head of the anti-abortion group of having ordered the attack. When they obtain startling new evidence, Schwimmer is charged with murder. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Jaime Tirelli has portrayed four different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Incorrectly regarded as goof: The garden store owner wasn't saying that nitrate-based fertilizer was only good for palm trees. She was saying that the particular brand of nitrate fertilizer the defendant ordered was only good for them, that type of fertilizer has much a higher concentration of ammonium nitrate in it which would kill most other plants. See more »


Detective Mike Logan: Now, I don't care what you believe. Trying to prevent abortions by bombing goes way too far. I don't know how you can even *sit* here and defend it!
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: You and I both know they didn't mean to hurt anybody.
Detective Mike Logan: NO, I DON'T KNOW THAT, OKAY? Only an *idiot* thinks bombs don't hurt people.
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The more fanatical elements
18 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The more fanatical elements of the right to life movement are examined in this Law And Order story. A warning call is made, a women's clinic is evacuated and the bomb explodes.

The bomb kills its deliverer a believer in the cause who was also pregnant. What jumble of contradictions was going on in that mind. But the known associates of the bomber are revealed and they turn out to be a couple of women Bridgit Ryan and Caroline Kava. So fanatically devoted to their cause they kill for it.

Both are religious fanatics, especially Kava the ringleader of the conspiracy. A great example of what can happen when you take religion too seriously. No Moslem bomber has anything on her.

The case causes a serious divide between Chris Noth and the very Catholic George Dzundza. As bad as it got in that first season of the original detectives on the show.

Michael Moriarty beautifully nails Kava on the witness stand. That's worth watching this episode alone for.

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