Fetal homicide laws and the logical inconsistency of abortion

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Arina Grossu
Director, Center for Human Dignity, FRC
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      Arina Grossu

      Arina O. Grossu is the Director for the Center for Human Dignity where she focuses on sanctity of life issues, ranging from conception to end of life care.

      A native of northern New Jersey, Ms. Grossu is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Art History. She received her M.A. in Theology, magna cum laude, from the Dominican House of Studies (Washington, D.C.). She also received her license in Montessori for ages 0-3 from the Association Montessori Internationale.

      Ms. Grossu worked at CRC Public Relations (Alexandria, VA) coordinating media relations for pro-life public policy groups. She was a production assistant for EWTN's "The World Over with Raymond Arroyo", a show on the Catholic TV channel. She helped launch and was the Executive Director of The Word Proclaimed Institute, a Catholic non-profit that aids clergy to come in closer contact with the Word and be able to proclaim it more effectively. She also helped start a Montessori toddler program at St. Jerome's Academy, a Catholic classical education school of the Archdiocese of Washington.

      Ms. Grossu transcribed the New York Times bestseller, The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica (Intro. & Edited by Raymond Arroyo, Washington, D.C., Published 3/10, Doubleday). While at Notre Dame she won "Best Undergraduate Business Plan" in a business competition sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Mendoza College of Business. She has served on the boards of Project Sycamore (an alumni group dedicated to defending Notre Dame's Catholic identity) and the Foundation for Sacred Arts (a Catholic non-profit founded to stimulate a vibrant renewal in the patronage and production of Christian sacred arts).

      Ms. Grossu has been involved in the pro-life movement for 15 years, including being president of Notre Dame Right to Life. In addition to defending life and human dignity, Ms. Grossu enjoys entrepreneurship, playing competitive tennis, oil painting, photography, guitar, Montessori and classical education, cooking, the arts, traveling and Catholic culture.

Kansan Scott Bollig, 30, was recently charged with first-degree murder after lacing his eight- to 10-week pregnant girlfriend’s pancakes with an abortion-inducing drug. Naomi Abbott, 36, miscarried their child and suffered “great bodily harm.” While the drug has not been revealed by authorities, there have been other recent cases where misoprostol (Cytotec) was used as well as mifepristone (RU-486).

John Andrew Welden, 28, of Florida was also recently sentenced to almost 14 years in prison. He tricked his six-week pregnant girlfriend by putting Cytotec into a pill bottle with a fake label for antibiotics. After his girlfriend, Remee Lee, 26, took the drug, she miscarried. She told the court, “He hurt me really badly. I felt death inside of me that day.”

Early medical abortions are on the rise. A report released earlier this month by the Guttmacher Institute shows that 20 percent more early medication abortions were done in 2011 than in 2008. Using gestational data from the CDC, Guttmacher estimated that 36 percent of abortions up to nine weeks’ gestation in 2011 were early medication procedures compared to 26 percent in 2008.

The report continued, “Virtually all early medication abortions (98 percent) were done with mifepristone and the rest with methotrexate or misprostol alone … The drug misoprostol is part of the early medication regimen and is typically taken 24-72 hours after mifepristone. However, it can also be used to terminate a pregnancy, and while it is less effective than the combined regimen, clinical studies have shown that misoprostol alone can successfully terminate a pregnancy 76-90 percent of the time … Over the last decade, anecdotal and media reports suggest that some U.S. women procure the drug – from contacts living in countries where it is available without a prescription, from the black market and through the Internet – and use it to terminate their pregnancies.”

The ease of procuring and using Cytotec, and its relative success rate — 76-90 percent of the time it will kill the baby when used alone — has led to increased abuse of this drug, both on and off the black market, by the women themselves when they want an abortion. And as we’ve recently seen, it is sometimes used by boyfriends to trick women into having an abortion.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed into law in 2004, recognizes a child in utero as a legal victim if he or she is injured or killed. Part (d) states: “As used in this section, the term ‘unborn child’ means a child in utero, and the term ‘child in utero’ or ‘child, who is in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” Additionally, there are at least 38 states that have fetal homicide laws, of which at least 28 states have laws that apply to any stage of pregnancy. These are good laws that recognize and protect the unborn child as a legal victim if he or she is injured or killed. Necessarily though, because of Roe vs. Wade, the laws must make an exception for abortion.