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New Video: Fetal Traffickers Ignored Consent Law

Yet another video investigating the world of trafficking baby parts.

Dan Gilmore · Aug. 12, 2015
Holly O'Donnell. Screenshot courtesy of Center for Medical Progress

Planned Parenthood and procurement company StemExpress did not properly get the consent of women undergoing an abortion before taking the aborted baby for its organs, alleges a video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) Wednesday. The video continues the account of Holly O'Donnell, a former procurement technician who worked for StemExpress, as she recounts how she and her co-workers would monitor the women going to Planned Parenthood clinics, looking for babies that matched their procurement needs and then pressure the women to consent to give their aborted baby up for medical research.

“If there was a higher gestation, and the technicians needed it, there were times when they would just take what they wanted,” O'Donnell said. “And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.” In some cases, the woman would be crying, throwing up in the trashcan when the StemExpress employee would walk into the room to have the talk. Sometimes, it was right after the woman learned she was pregnant. “Some women, they come in, do a test and find out that they’re pregnant,” O'Donnell said. “Then you can consent them. So pregnancy tests are potential pregnancies, therefore potential specimens.”

CMP notes in its press release accompanying the video that it is against federal law to acquire and then use fetal tissue without the consent of the woman. The consent must also happen after she consents to an abortion. Planned Parenthood clinics in California were allowing a specimen procurement company access to virtually every woman that walked through their doors, with or without consent. Where’s the medical ethics in that? Are we still naïve enough to believe that Planned Parenthood provides vital women’s health services?

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