Former StemExpress Worker Says She Passed Out Sorting Through Aborted Baby Parts at Planned Parenthood

A new video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) features an interview with a former StemExpress worker, who recalls that she passed out on her first day on the job as she was trained in sorting through the body parts of an aborted child at Planned Parenthood.

The video, entitled “First Day at StemExpress Inside Planned Parenthood,” is stated to be the first in a series of whistleblower interviews. StemExpress was a business partner with Planned Parenthood, and would be present in various facilities to procure the desired body parts following the abortions.

“[T]hey have the jars, or they have the clear pie dishes, where they have to make sure that all limbs and the head are within the POC (products of conception) to make sure that the woman doesn’t get sick,” Holly O’Donnell, who worked for StemExpress from December 2012 through April 23 before quitting her job, explains, noting that leaving parts of the baby inside the uterus following an abortion can make the mother sick.

She says that she was shocked upon seeing one of the pie dishes of blood and body parts for the first time.

“[My instructor] put the gloves on, and she took the instrument—the tweezers—and she starts going and fishing around in the pie dish and she’s trying to show me parts,” O’Donnell remembers. “She’s showing me parts of—‘This is a leg, this is an arm.'”

“And then she says, ‘Put some gloves on,’” she continues. “So I put the gloves on. She hands me the tweezers, and she goes, ‘Oh, can you show me some of the parts I just showed you?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’”

But moments later, as O’Donnell actually latched on to a limb with the tweezers, she blacked out.

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“I put the tweezers in, and I put it on one of the limbs—and I’ve never felt this in my life—I felt the pain radiate through my hand. You can feel the death go up through; it was something that was just alive,” she recalls. “And I grabbed it, and I felt that, and I started to get woozy.”

“I said, ‘This is a …’ and then I stopped, and she said, ‘Are you okay?'” O’Donnell outlines. “And the next thing I know, I woke up in the recovery room.”

She then asked those around her what had happened.

“[A nurse] said, ‘You passed out when you saw the POC, the remains,'” O’Donnell explains.

She said she was embarrassed for blacking out during the first day on the job, but the nurse told her that she is not the only one bothered at the sight of dismembered babies.

“She said, ‘Don’t worry; honestly, some of us never get over it,'” O’Donnell recalled.

As previously reported, last year, the Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives issued numerous criminal referrals while investigating Planned Parenthood and its partners, including StemExpress.

Specifically, the Congressional Committee noted in its report that StemExpress, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) and Novogenics Laboratories purchased the bodily organs of aborted babies from several California Planned Parenthood locations, and then resold them at substantially higher prices. The organizations were also accused of hiking the prices above costs for “transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control or storage of” the body parts.

“[I]n June of 2014, an ABR technician obtained a 20-week-old fetus at a Planned Parenthood clinic, for which it paid $60,” the report outlined. “From that one fetus, ABR sold its brain to one customer for $325, both of its eyes for $325 each ($650 total) to a second customer, a portion of its liver for $325 to a third customer, its thymus for $325 and another portion of its liver for $325 to a fourth customer, and its lung for $325 to a fifth customer.”

StemExpress was accused of similar actions, paying Planned Parenthood $55 for a baby and then selling his or her body parts for $250 each, making $1000 from just one child.

The Committee also noted that despite Planned Parenthood’s “constant statements to the media that [its] affiliates had merely been recovering their costs” in receiving payment from ABR, StemExpress and other companies, its attorneys told the investigative Congressional panel that the Planned Parenthood offices only sought to determine their costs after-the-fact in light of national scrutiny.

“Around that time, Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer accept any payments in connection with its fetal tissue transfer programs,” Sen. Chuck Grassley explained.

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  • Robin Egg

    America’s abortion industry is the most depraved and barbaric practice in the world. And the msm and the party of abortion are complicit in ensuring that it continues…….at their own peril.

    • NCOriolesFan

      What bothers me is when the U.S demands countries improve their human rights record before they get our tax dollars. Total hypocrisy from the U.S.


    • And the Church just lets it go on and on and on and one and on. . .

      • Izsm Knows

        No offense intended Diana, the ‘church’ as you refer to it has zero to do with policy in the U.S. I agree the process is barbaric and non-sensical, but the church doesn’t make policy.

      • Sharon Diehl

        Re: “church”: Who cares what someone’s religious dogma is? Superstitions have nothing to do with the physical rights of women and their reproductive health care. You are free to live according to your religious beliefs, and the rest of us are free to live in the 21st Century.

        • What is the definition of “religious”? Everyone has a religious dogma. EVERYONE! Your religious dogma says that you are your own god.

          • Sharon Diehl

            Honey, if you’re AHA, you’re a fundie bible humper, whose brain does not function in the modern world.

            You think abortion is only legal in America, sweetie? Abortion is legal throughout Western Civilization not held hostage by religion. Gelatinous evanescent non sentient embryos, of which upwards of 80% fail to implant within 6 to 12 days after fertilization and are shed from sexually active women, are not “babies”, not “children”, not adults with three kids of their own already and a mortgage.

          • So during her first trimester when a woman goes to her doctor’s appointment to find out about the health of her baby in the womb via ultra-sound, why does the ultrasound tech measure the baby’s arms, legs, head, spine, etc. and then check the baby’s heart and other internal organs? If there’s not a baby in the womb, then all that ultrasound stuff is just imaginary? I’d say you’re the one whose brain doesn’t function in the modern world.

          • Sharon Diehl

            Gelatinous non sentient evanescent embryos aren’t “babies”, my dear bible-humper.

            “The argument that a fertilized egg or embryo is somehow a prepackaged human destined to be born contradicts all that scientists have learned. Knowledge of human embryology is why biologists use words like “zygote,” “blastula,” “embryo” and “fetus”, not “baby.” Possibly the public’s attitude toward abortions would have been more mature and reasonable if students had learned some basic human embryology in school. But instead, in dozens of states students are only taught that “abortions murder babies” and legislators continue to pass laws based on medieval theologies and pseudoscience that in effect, treat women as obligatory breeding machines. Who is asking the question: when will women, themselves, achieve full personhood?”

            –Charles L. Rulon, Emeritus, Life & Health Sciences

          • So when a woman is with child in her womb, anyone who refers to that baby as a baby (as in the case of organizing a gift-giving party [know as a BABY shower] for a mother with child in the womb) is guilty of believing in “medieval theology and pseudoscience” and “treats women as obligatory breeding machines”? You’ve lost all sense of human reason.

            It’s obvious that you and your friend Charles are simply hell-bent on dehumanizing the smallest and weakest of the human race. So be it. Your final breath on this earth will come to you soon enough, and you will return to the dust of the earth with no more voice to be heard or even remembered. Meanwhile, I will continue to be out in the public square to be a voice for those weakest and smallest among us. And when my time on earth is done, I will receive the gift of eternal life in Heaven through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ where people like you don’t exist. Have fun on your road to destruction and emptiness.

          • Sharon Diehl

            Re: “dust of the earth…gift of eternal life….blood sacrifice…yada yada yada”: *Pats Undereducated Religious Fanatic on Head*

            “Dear imaginary sky daddy that lives in the clouds, we lift our spaghetti colanders to drain the starchy waters from your noodliness. Please accept these ignorant imbeciles, who believe myth and fantasy, written by 2000 year old goat herders, who explained away anything they didn’t understand as magic, into knowledge, and not idiocy. We ask that you allow them to bathe in the warmth of your delicious sauce. May they be touched by your noodly appendage. ‘Ramen!

            Yes, you really do sound this ridiculous.”–Al Becca

            Re: “BABY shower”: “Every society that we know of, there have been
            abortions. Women are just as desperate not to have children as they are to have children.”–Dr. Sadja Greenwood

            Sweetie, there are other women who do not share your “feelies” about embryos. Approximately 60% of women seeking abortion already have one or more children at home to feed. When these women request an abortion, they are quite clearly stating that they do not want another child, they cannot afford another child. During the Bush era Great Recession that number was 62%.

          • And there you have it. By your own admission, you acknowledge preborn babies as “another child” that some murder-minded women don’t want to feed. There’s your premeditated aforethought of intent and motive to murder.

          • Sharon Diehl

            My dear uneducated bible-humper, you have reading comprehension problems, dear. Embryos are not “preborn babies”. Embryos have “potential” to thrive through the reproductive process, honey, only “potential”:

            “…acorns are not oak trees.. It does not follow from the fact that something has potential to become something different that we must treat it always as if it had achieved that potential…

            Given the moral importance attached to embryos and the fact that embryos are regarded by many as sharing the same moral status with the rest of humankind, it is the tolerated rate of embryo loss that is particularly interesting. Embryo loss in normal sexual reproduction, including unprotected intercourse not directly intended to result in conception, is certainly very high. [note: 60-89%]

            Those who attempt to have children in the light of these facts and indeed those who have unprotected intercourse and those who use contraceptive methods that risk embryo loss are all accepting that what they are doing or trying to do justifies the creation and sacrifice of embryos.”–The Ambiguity Of The Embryo: Ethical Inconsistency In The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate, by Katrien Devolder And John Harris

          • Talk about ignorance. Anyone who compares the life of a plant to the life of mankind has some serious intellectual problems. All you and your ilk are repeatedly trying to do is devalue the life of another human being based only on his/her first stages of human development. Your hatred toward the weakest of mankind is deplorably savage. You represent the height of human depravity.

          • Sharon Diehl

            Sweetie, that egg you eat for breakfast isn’t a chicken.

            Re: “serious intellectual problems”: Honey, the literal bible-humping rabble to which you belong are the ones with stunted brains. You don’t grasp evolutionary biology; you have the silly notion that the fable of Noah’s Ark was a real story when there is no geologic evidence whatsoever for a global flood; you think women are just on earth to breed more religious rabble and don’t deserve a life of their own choosing. Honey, your hatred towards your own gender is apparent.

          • There is plenty of geologic evidence of a global flood. Not to mention the large number of geological evidence that proves so many other historical accounts in the Bible. You are in so much denial because you simply hate the thought of having to answer to anyone. The day is coming when you will die from this earth and you will have to answer to the One Who created your soul. Jesus is the Only One Who can reconcile you to God and rescue your soul.

          • Sharon Diehl

            No, dear, there is NO geologic evidence for a global flood. Sedimentary layers occur in an orderly fashion. Besides, there isn’t enough water on earth to cover the Himalayas. Try reading REAL science instead of religious non-science nonsense.

          • Ann Morgan

            **Meanwhile, I will continue to be out in the public square to be a voice for those weakest and smallest among us.**

            No, actually you WON’T BE.

            There is a difference between being a ‘voice for the voiceless’, and ATTRIBUTING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS TO THE MINDLESS.

            The first is kindness. The second (which you are doing) is pure and utter selfishness.

            ** I will receive the gift of eternal life in Heaven through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ where people like you don’t exist.**

            So, according to you, Jesus places no value on the human mind, and people who DO value the mind don’t get to be with Jesus? Sounds more like Satan than Jesus. And I would feel rather nervous about that if I were you, since the logical conclusion to be drawn from that is that he is as likely as not to perform some sort of radical lobotomy on your soul.

          • Neal Bracken

            Diana Kline. What wrong with that? Besides, it’s not what you believe but how you put your beliefs into practice that counts. In short, a person can be good without believing in a god.

    • Sharon Diehl

      Honey, abortion is universal. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that upwards to 56 MILLION WOMEN PER YEAR WORLDWIDE obtain abortions. Undeveloped country or developed, illegal or legal, if a woman doesn’t want to be pregnant, she doesn’t want to be pregnant.

      Abortion has been with us as long as pregnancy.

    • Neal Bracken

      Robin Egg. How do you figure that?

  • Lt. Calley

    Good thing she got a new job, some people just can’t hack it.

    • Kevin Canuckster

      Those of us who are not serial killers can’t.

  • NCOriolesFan

    “She said, ‘Don’t worry; honestly, some of us never get over it,’” O’Donnell recalled.
    Why keep aborting baby humans?

  • some words

    When President Clinton signed a bill legalizing partial birth abortion (sucking out the baby’s brain), he didn’t have to worry about this affecting him. It wasn’t because that he was already born, it was BECAUSE HE DIDN’T HAVE A BRAIN!

    It all reminds me of Adolph Hitler’s “prophecy”, “Today Germany, tomorrow the world!” In Hitler’s time, Nazi Germany was insanely and completely obsessed with senseless torture and mass slaughter of innocent life. Capital punishment and torture are now common place everywhere, even in the United States;……………for the unborn. Welcome to NAZI USA.

    If we need population control, why don’t we execute murderers, child molesters, and repeated sex offenders; instead of the innocent unborn? It’s because our society’s sexual appetite can’t be satisfied by executing evil criminals!

    • Sharon Diehl

      Honey, don’t you know that most embryos are never born?

      “The majority of embryos die within a few weeks of conception. This fact is widely known within medical circles, but is a surprise to many in the general public… the riskiest time is before the embryo has implanted in the uterine wall (which typically occurs between 8–10 days after conception (Wilcox et al. 1999). During this early stage, the proportion of surviving embryos drops off rapidly and only approximately 50% of them successfully implant…. A mother of three children could be expected to
      have also had approximately five spontaneous abortions. An embryo’s survival to
      term is the exception rather than the norm.

      It might seem surprising that these dramatic death rates for early embryos could remain unknown to the general public. However, the reason for this is that most embryo loss occurs before the pregnancy has been detected, and the woman
      is unaware that anything out of the ordinary has happened. The embryo simply
      passes out of the uterus with the next menses.”

      — Toby Ord, The Scourge: Moral Implications of Natural Embryo Loss: The American Journal of Bioethics, 8(7): 12–19.

      • some words

        Many, in the third world, die of malnutrition. Does this give us the right to kill the poor? Murder is murder, regardless.

    • Neal Bracken

      some words. Point of information. In Hitler’s Germany abortion was absolutely forbidden. In fact access to birth control was forbidden. Let’s work from there. I might add that late term abortions are very rare. When they are done it’s because the life of the mother is at risk or there is a deformed fetus.

      • some words

        Late term abortions are not that rare. And even early term abortions are murder.

  • Right wing radicals are forever making videos and “judiciously” editing them to make them say the opposite of what was actually said and done. Nothing new here. What is interesting to me, however, is that evangelicals/fundamentalists are forever trying to thwart science and medical practices they believe to be sinful, but in doing so, they are committing the cardinal sin of bearing false witness.

    And seeing how much most love Donald Trump, it is simple further evidence of the monumental hypocrisy of their selective outrage.

  • Chet

    How can one find sleep at night after so engaging?