StemExpress, the controversial California baby organ middleman featured in several gruesome undercover Planned Parenthood videos, is reportedly severing its ties with Planned Parenthood. Politico reported late Friday afternoon that StemExpress wishes to distance itself from the nation’s largest abortion provider:
StemExpress, one of the tissue companies that works with Planned Parenthood, is cutting its ties with the women’s health organization after a series of sting videos that have prompted congressional inquiries, sources tell POLITICO.
The small biomedical tissue procurement company is distancing itself from Planned Parenthood after finding itself tangentially linked to what abortion opponents allege is Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of fetal tissue and organs.
On Thursday, a California judge slapped down attempts by StemExpress to suppress additional undercover videos that allegedly feature the company’s executives discussing the purchase and sale of body parts taken from aborted babies. The company now finds itself under investigation by multiple congressional committees as a result of the videos.
Although Planned Parenthood and StemExpress both claim that they did nothing illegal and always sought patient consent to harvest the organs of healthy, viable unborn babies, one former StemExpress employee said that’s not the case. Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for StemExpress, claimed employees oftentimes did not seek patient consent, even though they knew it was required by law.
“The co-workers I had, they would not consent the donors,” O’Donnell said in a video released earlier this week. “If there was a higher gestation [baby] and the technicians needed it, there were times where they would just take what they wanted.”
StemExpress’s abandonment of Planned Parenthood in the midst of a concerted effort by the abortion provider to get supporters to “Stand With Planned Parenthood” speaks volumes about the effects of the videos on Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. StemExpress, after all, is a key Planned Parenthood ally and even went to court to prevent the release of additional undercover videos that tar the taxpapyer-funded non-profit abortion provider.
If a business that exists solely to act as a middleman between the buyers and sellers of aborted baby body parts thinks a mere association with Planned Parenthood is bad for its image, things must be really bad.