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Brain harvested from intact baby with a beating heart, says eyewitness inside Planned Parenthood

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This morning, The Center for Medical Progress released new interview footage that shows former StemExpress blood and tissue procurement technician Holly O’Donnell.

In the video, O’Donnell talks about her experience working at the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. She describes what happens after another staffer called her over to look at a well-developed human fetus: “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”

O’Donnell then talks about being instructed to harvest the brain from this aborted child. She is told to cut open the face from the chin upward and collect the brain for shipment.

One section of the video includes a recording attributed to Dr. Ben Van Handel, Executive Director of Novogenix Laboratories which harvests organs from aborted babies. His testimony is consistent with O’Donnell’s, saying that, “there are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating.”

Center for Medical Progress Project Lead David Daleiden who had led the investigation into Planned Parenthood, stated that:

“Today’s video contains heartrending admissions about the absolute barbarism of Planned Parenthood’s abortion practice and baby parts sales in which fetuses are sometimes delivered intact and alive. Planned Parenthood is a criminal organization from the top down and should be immediately stripped of taxpayer funding and prosecuted for their atrocities against humanity.”

Live Action President Lila Rose responded, saying:

Today we learned of another life cut short by Planned Parenthood, a fully formed baby still intact with a heart still beating as technicians carve his little face in order to harvest a brain. It is difficult to even speak of such horror, and yet our nation allows and even funds these atrocities against our weakest children. This little one is among the hundreds of thousands of lives extinguished every year by Planned Parenthood, a corporation that taxpayers are forced to fund with over a half billion dollars a year while the abortion giant harvests, traffics and profits from the illegal sale of baby organs. It is time for people of decency to fully embrace the humanity and dignity of these innocents and demand an end to these barbaric acts of violence and cruelty. It is time to protect women and children by defunding and shutting down the abusive and criminal enterprise that is Planned Parenthood.

The latest allegations follow the release of multiple undercover tapes with top-level Planned Parenthood staffers which depict negotiations over compensation for fetal body parts.

The first tape released has garnered almost three million views, as the public reacted in shock to seeing Planned Parenthood Director Deborah Nucatola explain how they would modifiy their abortion procedure to collect organs:

We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.

Video from a second, third, and fourth Planned Parenthood affiliate followed, and calls to end taxpayer funding for the U.S. abortion giant intensified. While a move by the U.S. Senate to end funding for Planned Parenthood and move the funds to other providers garnered majority support, it fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster by Senate Democrats.

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Over 10 states, in addition to Congress, have launched their own investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood.  State level action has also occurred with Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Utah terminating their Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood and New Hampshire ending state funding.

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