***UPDATE : 8/16/15: STEMEXPRESS BREAKS TIES WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD^^^
***This is Part 2 of a 2-part posting that began last night…
The most recent video, the 6th one released by The Center for Medical Progress, begins the 2nd episode of their web series “Human Capital”. Released on Thursday, it has an interview with a whistle-blower who confirms that many women are pressured into donating their babies to research. She also claims she’s witnessed technicians go into the rooms of women who didn’t give consent and “take what they wanted”, especially in cases where the pregnancy was further along. Holly O’Donnell, former Procurement Technician with StemExpress, didn’t work for PP, but her work required her to be inside the abortion facilities every day, developing relationships with clinic staff members. She expresses sympathy and regret and speaks openly about what she was told to do: get the women to consent. If patients seemed reluctant, she often told them not to do it, even telling them not to get the abortion at all. This would get her reprimanded by her supervisors.
In one chilling segment, O’Donnell describes the PP clinic in Fresno, California as being “in an alley”, a poor area and very high-volume. This, she said, took a toll on her: “The environment was morbid, like you could feel it. You could hear…you could hear screaming, you could hear crying”.
Aren’t we always told by abortion supporters that women need this choice as a “safe and rare” alternative so that we don’t “go back to the days of back alley abortions”? A change in location doesn’t improve women’s health—the table only moved from the alley itself into a building in the alley. The end is still the same. It’s also not so rare. O’Donnell said during an 8-hour workday, the Fresno clinic would have more than 40 patients coming in for abortions.
She also mentions one doctor by name, Dr. Ron Berman, who “had a reputation for going viciously fast” in his work, and that she had to watch him or risk losing specimens. O’Donnell said he seemed agitated when he didn’t have a patient in the room, almost as if he enjoyed it. She described how he would go in, quickly do ‘the procedure” and move on.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger had always wanted there to be a place where poor people (especially people of color) and immigrants could go for “family planning”. She once said, “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” She’d be happy to know her deadly legacy is continuing in assembly-line fashion in Fresno and in hundreds of other inner-city neighborhoods that are predominantly African American and Hispanic.
For their part, StemExpress, LLC, a small biotech company in California that partners with Planned Parenthood and other facilities to buy tissue and body parts for research, claims no wrong-doing. They put out a statement alleging the interview with Holly O’Donnell was “deceptively edited” and the allegations she made are untrue. CMP responded to their statement and they aren’t backing down. In fact, they’ve now raised some interesting questions about the PP-StemExpress relationship. It appears the Dr. Berman mentioned by O’Donnell was (and may still be) the Medical Director of StemExpress.
But then that raises even more questions. If Berman were profiting from intact parts as an executive for StemExpress, wouldn’t he want to take his time with each patient to make sure that was the case? Its possible Holly O’Donnell is just another disgruntled former employee with a bone to pick, but she’s making some pretty serious charges. Why would she do that if there weren’t some grain of truth to what she’s saying?
If you are someone against the use of fetal stem cells for research, visiting the StemExpress website is upsetting. They have order forms with drop-down menus and even a Wish List like you might see on Amazon or other shopping websites. The following screenshot shows there’s much money to be made in the aftermath of an abortion:
As you can see, StemExpress has no issue in putting a price on a life that never had a chance to live. I guess the high end of the spectrum would be for a more developed baby…$24,000 is a hefty sum, and how it gets divided up is one of many things that should be investigated. It certainly shoots down PP’s assertion that they don’t do this to make a profit. On the StemExpress website, where potential partners can go for information, “financial profits” is the first thing mentioned.
The words of Dr. Mary Gatter from an earlier video are eerie when you see a screenshot like the one above: “The patients don’t get anything, of course.”
Not that letting them in on the deal would make it better or more right. That would only make them one of many in the line of profiteers in what has become Big Abortion. More videos are on the way from The Center for Medical Progress. If any good is to come from the horrible things spoken of and shown in them (and I’ve barely scratched the surface), maybe women considering abortion will be repulsed at the prospect of a dollar value being assigned to the child they carry and will decide in favor of life.