StemExpress, caught in an undercover sting with Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of aborted-baby body parts and picking through those parts, has cut off ties with the abortion mill. The company notified Planned Parenthood and the U.S. Congress.
“We value our various partnerships but, due to the increased questions that have arisen over the past few weeks, we feel it prudent to terminate activities with Planned Parenthood,” the baby-parts buyer said in a statement. “While we value our business relationship with Planned Parenthood, that work represents a small percentage of our overall business activity and we must focus our limited resources on resolving these inquiries.”
Distancing itself from Planned Parenthood is a good start, but StemExpress should also desist its aborted baby business. Isn’t there enough donated tissue to go around that makes trafficking aborted babies unnecessary?
Holly O’Donnell, a former StemExpress procurement technician, explained how the process works. The technician lets the head nurse know what the company needs, and the abortion mill notifies the technician. StemExpress must obtain the women’s consent to experiment on their dead babies, but O’Donnell said some technicians did not.
Defending his employer, Planned Parenthood vice president of communications Eric Ferrero told Politico that the baby-selling trade “is completely voluntary, it is focused on improving women’s health and public health, and it follows the highest medical and legal standards. Anti-abortion activists have made a range of outrageous, false claims about Planned Parenthood, which fall apart upon closer inspection. Indeed, in every state that has concluded an investigation into these claims, officials have cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.”
Last month, a court issued a temporary injunction that blocked the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) from releasing more videos that showed StemExpress executives at a meeting. StemExpress asked the same court to allow them access to CMP’s videos (presumably unreleased) and other sting-related documents. The court denied the request on First Amendment grounds.
Some states have defunded Planned Parenthood, including Alabama, Louisiana, and New Hampshire — and lawmakers have called for investigations into both organizations. Cutting ties with the abortion mill won’t help StemExpress avoid the backlash. The manner in which StemExpress and Planned Parenthood conduct their macabre business is both casual and cold. Killing unborn babies and selling their discarded bodies should be anything but.
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