11:01 AM, Sep 1, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Center for Medical Progress is out with another horrifying video exposing Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting the organs from aborted fetuses for money. One of the people that appears in this latest video is Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, whose sister was the health policy advisor for Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner until very recently. According to CMP's press release accompanying the video:
The video features undercover conversations with Dr. Katharine Sheehan, the long-time medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest until 2013; Perrin Larton, the Procurement Manager for ABR; and Cate Dyer, the CEO of rival fetal tissue procurement company StemExpress.
Sheehan tells actors posing as a new human biologics company that at Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, “We have already a relationship with ABR.” Sheehan explains, “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big collections for government-level collections and things like that.” When one of the actors negotiates, “We return a portion of our fees to the clinics,” Sheehan responds eagerly, “Right, get a toe in and make it, make a pro–alright.” ...
Perrin Larton, the Procurement Manager at ABR, is shown describing ABR’s fetal tissue harvesting practice to a prospective buyer. “I literally have had women come in and they’ll go in the O.R. and they’re back out in 3 minutes, and I’m going, ‘What’s going on?’ Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out,” she explains of situations where there has been a great enough degree of cervical dilation to procure an intact fetus.
ABR, founded in 1989 by CEO Linda Tracy, charges $340 per second-trimester fetal tissue specimen, yet seems less concerned about tissue quality than other harvesting companies: “Whenever we have a smooth portion of liver, we think that’s good!” says Larton.
Watch the video below, though be warned: the contents are graphic and extremely disturbing. (And before Planned Parenthood complains that the videos are misleadingly edited, note that CMP, like it has done before, has also released the unedited video to avoid such spurious accusations):
8:08 AM, Sep 1, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeb Bush has said Donald Trump "should be treated like the frontrunner" for the Republican nomination. On Tuesday, the Bush campaign continues to do just that with a short web video aimed squarely at the leading GOP contender's past "liberal" views on taxes, health care, and abortion as well as Trump's friendship with Hillary Clinton.
8:00 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
StemExpress is the bio-medical company featured in a number of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in connection with its Planned Parenthood exposé on fetal organ and tissue harvesting. StemExpress made several changes to its website last week, some cosmetic but others more substantial.
7:45 AM, Aug 28, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
In apparent retaliation for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's statements critical of Planned Parenthood, the Democratic party has launched an attack on crisis pregnancy centers.
12:22 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
If you want a good idea of how much water the media is willing to carry for Planned Parenthood, go ahead and check out this Politico story. It seems Planned Parenthood commissioned a "forensic report" to analyze the undercover videos that have got the organization in trouble for harvesting and selling fetal organs, and leaked it to Politico.
12:04 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton compared Republican views on federal funding for abortion and elective contraception to the views of terrorists. Speaking in Cleveland Thursday, Clinton criticized Republicans who want to limit federal funding for abortions as wanting to deny "access to health care."
"Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be president of the United States," said Clinton. Watch the video below:
1:02 PM, Aug 25, 2015 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The latest undercover Planned Parenthood video is an interview with Cate Dyer, CEO of an organization called StemExpress that buys aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood and sells them to researchers.
There are no graphic images in the video, but Dyer's comments about shipping the severed intact "calvarium" or skull of an aborted baby are bonechilling.
2:37 PM, Aug 20, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich told a voter in New Hampshire Wednesday that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States is the "law of the land."
"I would like to ask whether you can respect the Roe versus Wade decision, and I ask because as a lifelong libertarian, I'm looking for a candidate to support who is both a fiscal conservative and not a threat to a woman's right to control her own body," said a voter at a town hall event in Salem, New Hampshire.
Abortion by the numbers in Chile .8:41 AM, Aug 14, 2015 • By JOHN LONDREGAN
The Health Committee of Chile's Chamber of Deputies has voted out a measure to permit the killing of human fetuses in three cases: rape, fetal malformation, and danger to the life of the mother. According to opinion polls, each of these "exceptions" to the protection of life enjoys public support. A July 2015 poll by Plaza Publica-CADEM reports 74 percent support abortion when the life of the mother is endangered, 72 percent in case of rape, and 72 percent when there is a high probability the fetus will not survive, whereas according to the constitution, "the law protects the life of the unborn." Of course, the Constitution is not there to protect the lives of the popular, and the well being of the well loved, it exists to protect those who are disliked and discarded.
12:20 PM, Aug 12, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Center for Medical Progress has released another video highlighting the questionable and possibly illegal conduct of Planned Parenthood. This time, Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for medical research firm StemExpress, reports that Planned Parenthood would take fetal organs without consent. “There were times they would just take what the wanted,” said O’Donnell. “And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
Aug 17, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 46 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The New York Times may still be known as the “paper of record,” but the paper’s unresponsiveness in correcting the record is not something that is going to burnish its reputation. On July 20, the Times published a story about the first of a recent spate of undercover videos showing affiliates of abortion provider Planned Parenthood unethically and possibly illegally negotiating the sale of fetal parts to medical researchers. The videos are produced by a pro-life activist group, the Center for Medical Progress.
2:35 PM, Aug 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two Republican candidates for president have approached the politics of the controversy over Planned Parenthood in different and revealing ways.
1:35 PM, Aug 5, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Planned Parenthood now finds itself being heavily criticized after being caught on tape brokering fetal body parts. Fortunately for them, they have no shortage of allies in the media, including PolitiFact.
Fox Business reporter Sandra Smith recently said on air "Almost 95 percent of all (Planned Parenthood) pregnancy services were abortions." On Tuesday, PunditFact, a division of PolitiFact, rated it false.