In the latest video by the Center for Medical Progress, ex-clinic worker Holly O’Donnell shares the details of her time in the business of harvesting baby parts inside a Planned Parenthood and reveals the profit motive for Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts. You can view the video below:
O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012, said, “I thought I was going to be just drawing blood, not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses.” In the video, she also shared how she fainted in shock on her first day of work in a Planned Parenthood clinic when she was asked to dissect an aborted fetus during her on-the-job training.
O’Donnell’s job for six months was to identify pregnant women at Planned Parenthood who met criteria for fetal tissue orders and to harvest the fetal body parts after their abortions. In this new video, O’Donnell described the financial benefit Planned Parenthood received from StemExpress: “For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.”
The video also features Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, Colo., Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada. Dr. Ginde, while standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic laboratory where fetuses are harvested after abortions, discusses the price “per specimen” and concludes that payment per organ removed from a fetus would be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood. “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it,” she said.
Note: The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
The new video also includes Dr. Katherine Sheehan, Medical Director emerita of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest in San Diego, describing her affiliate’s long-time relationship with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a middleman company that has been providing aborted fetal organs since 1989. Dr. Sheehan said, “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, you know, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big government-level collections and things like that.”
This video comes on the heels of two other video releases by Center for Medical Progress, which showed two separate top level Planned Parenthood employees discussing the grisly practice of procuring and selling fetal body parts. This is not the end of the videos that the Center for Medical Progress will be releasing. CMP has said they have 10-12 more releases to come. So, more to come soon…
Kate Bryan is the Director of Communications for American Principles in Action.