The citizen journalist behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos is asking StemExpress, a fetal tissue procurement agency that worked with the corporation, to reveal details about its “business relationship.”
StemExpress recently informed both Congress and Planned Parenthood that it will no longer be doing business with the abortion provider.
In a statement, David Daleiden of Center for Medical Progress, noted:
Earlier this week, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Northern California said they were “proud of” their baby parts program with StemExpress. Now, StemExpress claims it is terminating its “business relationship” with Planned Parenthood. Yet StemExpress leadership confirmed to CMP investigators in May they are struggling to meet demand for intact fetal livers.Was there a dispute about money with Planned Parenthood? Or is StemExpress following orders from Planned Parenthood National to save face? Does Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Ronald Berman continue to serve as Medical Director of StemExpress? Planned Parenthood and StemExpress should both answer questions about this shady move, and the full details of their “business relationship,” under oath before Congress and the American people.
A California court ruled against StemExpress and its attempt to access undercover videos of high-ranking officials from the fetal procurement agency.
Additionally, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released part two of its web documentary, which featured a more in-depth interview with Holly O’Donnell, a former StemExpress fetal procurement technician, turned whistleblower. O’Donnell said that she observed technicians taking tissue without a patient’s consent, which has opened up a new area of controversy and potential criminal problems for both StemExpress and Planned Parenthood. Politico reports on the StemExpress split:
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.StemExpress, a five-year-old company based in Placerville, Calif., notified Planned Parenthood and Congress Friday of its decision to end the relationship, the source said. The House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Judiciary committees had asked StemExpress to explain its relationship with Planned Parenthood.