The lawyers wrestle with their conscience when they defend a doctor guilty of performing an illegal abortion.


Alexander Singer


Roy Huggins (creator) (as John Thomas James), Roy Huggins (as John Thomas James)


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Episode cast overview:
Burl Ives ... Walter Nicholls
Joseph Campanella ... Brian Darrell
James Farentino ... Neil Darrell
Will Geer ... Judge Scanlon
Stephen McNally ... Arthur Cleary
John Kerr ... Dr. Philip Blackburn
Florence St. Peter Florence St. Peter ... Holly Griffin
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Stella Copeland
Bill Quinn ... Dr. Staley
Paul Napier Paul Napier ... George Scharf
Sue Carlton Sue Carlton ... Leslie Syden
E.A. Sirianni E.A. Sirianni ... Court Clerk


A physician in the state of California is brought to trial on the charge of performing an illegal abortion. At the time (1970) therapeutic abortions we're legally performed if the woman had been evaluated by a psychiatrist and continuing the pregnancy would have established mental health ramifications. In addition the woman's case would have to be performed in a certified hospital on an in-patient basis and the procedure would have to be approved by the hospital's therapeutic abortion committee. What follows during the episode includes a an interesting presentation by the defence team exploring the validity of the law and how it applies to this case.

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27 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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