The Center for Medical Progress released a third video on Tuesday that expands its exposé into the sale of fetal tissues and body parts to the organizations that partner with Planned Parenthood.
It features an interview with Holly O’Donnell, who says she is a phlebotomist, a person trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing.
According to the video, O’Donnell took a job as a procurement technician with StemExpress, LLC, a company that supplies human blood and tissues to medical researchers and partners with Planned Parenthood.
She said she expected to work drawing blood for the company, but according to O’Donnell:
“We were asked to procure certain tissues, like brain, liver, sinus, pancreas, heart, lungs, and pretty much anything on the fetus. It’s basically a huge trafficking of fetal tissues.”
The nearly 12-minute video is presumably the first in series called “Human Capital.” The Center for Medical Progress titled Tuesday’s video, “Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts.”(Screen shot from The Center for Medical Progress)
After the release of the first Planned Parenthood video, which featured the organization’s chief medical officer describing how to alter an abortion so fetal body parts are left intact and able to be sold, StemExpress released a statement reassuring the public that the company:
“supports leading research institutions in the United States and internationally — including medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, and federal agencies — to provide stem cells and other human tissue critical to medical research.”
The second undercover video showed Mary Gatter, the medical director for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, haggling over the price of aborted body parts and tissue.(Screenshot from Center for Medical Progress)
In the third video, O’Donnell says:
“They weren’t looking for a compassionate individual, at all. They were just looking for someone who could get as much money, as many samples.
I think that’s why they were interested in me, as a phlebotomist, because I can draw quick… They wanted someone who could get the numbers up.”
On her first day at StemExpress, O’Donnell said was taken to a Planned Parenthood clinic and she was asked to identify body parts from an abortion.
O’Donnell blacked out when she began to dig through the parts:
“I woke up in the recovery room, and the nurse looked to me and said ‘You’re new, huh? Don’t worry, it still happens to a bunch of us. Some of us don’t ever get over it.’”
Planned Parenthood and StemExpress have not yet returned request for comment.