A former StemExpress employee is claiming some fetal body parts were obtained without consent of the mother.
The Center for Medical Progress has released another video of a former StemExpress employee discussing the harvesting of aborted fetal body parts at Planned Parenthood clinics.
In the video, episode 2 of its “Human Capital” series, Holly O’Donnell, a former blood and tissue procurement technician for StemExpress, criticized Planned Parenthood, saying, “I’m not going to tell a girl to kill her baby so I can get money … And that’s what this company does. straight up, that’s what this company does.”
O’Donnell would go to Planned Parenthood clinics to collect the tissue, which they referred to as the “products of conception.”
She said that her StemExpress supervisors told her that approaching patients in the Planned Parenthood clinic about donating their tissue is “not an option, it’s a demand.”
“Pregnancy tests are potential pregnancies, therefore potential specimens. So it’s just taking advantage of the opportunities,” O’Donnell said.
She said that fetal organs were sometimes obtained without the mother’s consent.
“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.”
O’Donnell said that after one woman didn’t give her consent, her tissue was nevertheless collected by another staffer.
“What did you say to her to get that blood?” O’Donnell asked the staffer.
“Nothing,” the staffer replied.
Under federal law, patients must consent in order to donate their fetal tissue.