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Taxpayer-Funded PBS Airs Late-Term Abortion Propaganda

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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.

Taxpayer-funded PBS aired a controversial documentary on Labor Day highlighting four late-term abortionists. This documentary glorifies the sordid work of those who perform abortions up to the ninth month. Its goal is clearly to generate empathy for late-term abortionists and paint them as heroes.

The four abortionists who were highlighted in the film are LeRoy Carhart (Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland), Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson (Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico) and Warren Hern (Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado).

The trailer can be viewed here. The film’s outreach partners include NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women. One PBS affiliate in Mississippi chose not to air it.

To be clear, the film addresses the “specialty” of aborting babies that are able to live outside the womb. Late-term abortion involves the gruesome practice of injecting an unborn child with poison to stop his or her heart, and having the mother deliver a dead child after the abortionist stabs the child’s head and suctions out the brains. By airing a documentary that sympathizes with the abortionists who perform these brutal and barbarous acts, PBS is lending support for continuing them.

That’s why the documentary would be more aptly called “The Other Gosnells.” Operation Rescue detailed some of the complications these abortionists have found themselves in, concerning botched abortions and abortion-related medical emergencies:

“Carhart, Sella, and Robinson continue to subject women to substandard patient care. In Albuquerque, Sella and Robinson sent at least 14 women to the emergency room before city officials decided to stop releasing 911 calls to the public.

In one case, Sella botched an abortion on a 35-week pregnant woman that resulted in a life-threatening ruptured uterus. In action reminiscent of the political corruption that protected Tiller in Kansas, Sella was inexplicably exonerated from wrong-dong in that case even though it was admitted during the disciplinary proceedings that the late-term abortion process fell below accepted obstetrical medical standards and that the patient’s risk factors were completely ignored that should have contraindicated the outpatient surgical abortion process used by Sella.

In just the past two years, Carhart has been responsible for eight abortion-related medical emergencies in Nebraska and Maryland, including the death of Jennifer Morbelli from complications to a 33-week abortion. Carhart was earlier involved in the abortion-related death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in Kansas…

Then there was the time a former clinic worker confessed in our office that Sella had, in the same form as convicted murder Kermit Gosnell, intentionally killed a baby born alive during a late-term abortion. Unfortunately, she recanted when questioned by police saying, she “didn’t want to get involved.”

In addition to the brutal killing of the child, late-term abortion is dangerous and poses serious health risks to women including death, hemorrhage, infections, incomplete abortions, organ damage, subsequent pre-term birth, placenta previa and increased mental and psychological issues such as depression, suicide, and drug abuse.

The memo that PBS did not get is that late-term abortion does not resonate with the American people.  In fact, a January 2014 Marist Poll found that 84 percent of Americans believe abortion should be restricted (within the first three months of pregnancy, in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother) or never allowed at all.