Sixth Planned Parenthood Video: Organs Harvested Without Patient's Consent

The sixth investigative Center for Medical Progress video, released today, does not include the graphic images some of the others do, but it may be the most disturbing one yet. Despite Planned Parenthood’s insistence that women are fully informed before human organs and tissues are procured from their abortions, this video makes clear that that is not always the case.


The video features Holly O’Donnell, the pro-life licensed phlebotomist from the first installment, describing the uncaring, assembly-line approach to abortions at the Planned Parenthood clinic she was assigned to in Fresno.

Holly unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. The fetal tissue company and biotech start-up purchases body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood and sells them to research universities and other places.

O’Donnell describes in great detail how the tissue procurement workers coordinate with abortion providers, put pressure on patients to give consent, and sometimes disregard a patient’s lack of consent.

“It’s not an option, it’s a demand,” StemExpress supervisors told O’Donnell, who was uncomfortable about approaching pregnant women at Planned Parenthood for fetal tissue “donations.”

O’Donnell explained that some StemExpress techs would sometimes harvest fetal parts without obtaining consent from the patients: “If there was a higher gestation, and the technicians needed it, there were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”


“You have to make sure you get her,” O’Donnell’s co-worker told her regarding one such patient, but O’Donnell said the woman had refused consent.

“I’m not going to tell a girl to kill her baby so I can get money,” Holly explained. “That’s what this company does. Straight up. That’s what this company does.”

She described how her colleague went in and got a sample from the woman anyway, without her consent.

“It’s terrifying. Imagine if you were an abortion patient, and someone was going in and stealing your baby’s parts. And half of these women are already on edge as it is. It’s … terrible.”



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