LOS ANGELES, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A former worker at Planned Parenthood and its partner in the alleged trafficking of aborted baby parts is accusing them of "stealing" the aborted baby parts.
The fifth in a series released by the Center for Medical Progress, (CMP), this new video released Tuesday features former StemExpress procurement technician Holly O'Donnell's testimony that she witnessed her coworkers take aborted fetal parts without patient consent.
O'Donnell noted that parts from babies that were 14–18 weeks gestation were more valuable to the company, and technicians would take what they needed to fill orders for the day. "If there was like a high-gestated fetus, I have witnessed there was no consent signed, and these women didn't know that it was getting taken," O'Donnell said. "It's stealing, it's stealing baby parts."
David Daleiden, CMP project leader, said:
Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress preyed on pregnant women to harvest and sell aborted baby body parts in an illegal profit-driven scheme. Public officials should shut down Planned Parenthood's barbaric abortion empire so Planned Parenthood can never defraud the public, hurt patients or sell aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers and brains again.
O'Donnell also said she was the only licensed phlebotomist working for StemExpress at the time, though she witnessed other workers draw blood from patients, and one even started an IV, a procedure she wasn't even licensed for. "That's out of scope practice ... and they let her do it."
O'Donnell also expressed concern over the consent form itself. "It's a bad form," she said. Her first concern was that it was presented as a Planned Parenthood consent form, not a StemExpress form. Secondly, she noted the section that said, "Before I was shown this consent, I had already decided to have an abortion and signed a consent form for it."
"A lot of these women had not done that, they don't know yet." she said, adding, "They're still sitting in the waiting room, they haven't signed anything."
In the fourth video, O'Donnell explained that Planned Parenthood made private patient medical files available to StemExpress employees, so they could maximize the number of parts they could harvest. She noted employees were pressured to meet quotas and offered bonuses that increased with the number of parts harvested.
She also confirmed it was StemExpress workers that packed the samples for shipping and that StemExpress paid for the shipping, debunking Planned Parenthood's claims that the fees charged to StemExpress were to pay for the shipping.
On November 14, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session confirmed to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI investigation could lead to charges, saying, "It depends on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation."
Daleiden told The Hill that the investigation is "long overdue," adding the "sale of aborted baby body parts is the greatest human atrocity of our times and must finally be brought to justice under the law."
The CMP didn't immediately respond to our inquiry, but a statement released on November 14 from CMP reads:
The only two credible and comprehensive investigations thus far were done by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel, and both resulted in the criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood now being pursued by the Department of Justice.