This week, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released the first of a series of never-before-seen videos featuring whistleblower testimony regarding Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal body parts to the biotech company StemExpress. The video serves to further shed light on the shady business partnership built upon the sale of illegally obtained human tissue.
In the video, Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for StemExpress, shares her firsthand experiences with CMP founder David Daleiden. O’Donnell worked for StemExpress from December 2012 to April 2013 and during that time dissected organs from aborted fetuses inside some of Planned Parenthood’s largest surgical centers in northern California.
O’Donnell was disgusted by the business from the beginning, even passing out on her first day on the job after seeing a dish full of “POC” (products of conception). She describes to Daleiden how a StemExpress employee named Clarissa walked her through her on-the-job training:
She’s showing me parts of, this is a leg, this is an arm, and then she says, ‘Put some gloves on.’ So I put the gloves on. She hands me the tweezers, and she goes, ‘Oh, can you show me some of the parts I just showed you?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ And I put the tweezers in, and I put it on one of the limbs, and I’ve never felt this in my life, I felt the pain radiate through my hand. You can feel the death go up through, you know, it was something that was just alive. And I grabbed it, and I felt that, and I started to get woozy.
After passing out, the next thing O’Donnell remembers is waking up and telling a nurse how embarrassed she was. The nurse assured her not to worry, saying, “Oh don’t worry, you know, honestly, some of us never get over it.” O’Donnell couldn’t get used to it, and left her job at StemExpress just four months later. She hopes that her testimony can now be used to show the public what really goes on between Planned Parenthood and StemExpress.
Contrary to Planned Parenthood’s claims that they do not profit from tissue sales but are only “reimbursed” for shipping and handling costs, O’Donnell says, “Planned Parenthood never shipped anything, we did all the shipping.” She also reveals that “there was a lot of coordination” between Stem Express and Planned Parenthood to make sure that orders for specific baby parts were filled:
We, as procurement technicians, got our bonuses based on organ. Brain, heart, lungs, liver, spleen, the really high demand. We wanted more gestated fetuses. It was a lot easier to get these and we could take more from it. Roughly saying, it was like a grocery list of what to get for that day.
CMP also released the letter StemExpress sent to Holly offering her the job which shows specifically how much of a bonus she was to receive for each type of tissue. For “Category A Tissues” such as brain, liver, thymus, and heart, she could make up to $75 per tissue in addition to her hourly wage of $10 per hour.
The United States Code specifically criminalizes such activity: “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration.” (42 US Code 289G-2) Not only were Planned Parenthood and StemExpress violating the US Code, but, as O’Donnell points out, they were also violating numerous laws requiring consent for the procurement of human tissue:
If there was like a high gestated fetus, I mean, I had witnessed, there was no consent signed and these women didn’t know that it was getting taken.
In a press release accompanying the video, Daleiden praised O’Donnell for her willingness to expose the illegal activity:
Holly O’Donnell is a brave whistleblower who witnessed shocking violations of the law, medical ethics, and human dignity inside of Planned Parenthood and StemExpress. CMP’s undercover work was directly informed by the real-life business relationship between StemExpress and Planned Parenthood to sell aborted baby parts, and Holly’s testimony corroborates the reports of the House Select Panel and Senate Judiciary Committee investigations. We look forward to Holly’s experiences reaching the public through this new format in the weeks ahead.
Contrary to Daleiden’s hopes, however, this new video has had only limited public reach because it has received very little to no coverage from many news outlets. Since Planned Parenthood and StemExpress are currently under investigation by both the FBI and the US Department of Justice, any newly released evidence pertinent to the subject ought to be given much more attention.
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