Organ Buyer: Happiness is ‘Another 50 Livers a Week’

StemExpress founder keeps autographed Hillary photo on her desk

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A new video shot by undercover pro-life activists shows a top organ buyer looking to expand operations and promising “consistent growth” in the industry.

David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress sat down for a meal in May with Cate Dyer, founder of StemExpress, which partnered with Planned Parenthood to sell organs to medical researchers.

“What would make your lab happy?” Daleiden asked.

“Another 50 livers a week,” Dyer said. “We’re working with, you know, almost like triple digit number of clinics. So it’s a lot on volume. We still need more than what we do. So it’s a lot. … I don’t think you’re going to hit a capacity with us any time in the next 10 years.”

In unedited footage obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Dyer assured the videographers who were posing as prospective organ buyers that “doing an agreement with us it will be consistent growth.” CMP said that the videos revealed that StemExpress has dealt with fully intact fetuses, an indication of partial birth abortion.

“StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admits that StemExpress gets intact fetuses from the abortion clinics they work with shipped to their laboratory. ‘Case’ is the clinical term for an individual abortion,” CMP said in a Friday release.

The company denied that it has ever handled intact fetuses, saying in a release that Dyer was speaking specifically about livers throughout the entire conversation. However, one exchange seems to show her saying that “it would also be great” to get “intact specimens” in addition to livers.

“Yeah, on specifically liver tissue because that’s such an area of demand for us,” Dyer says.

“Right. So what about intact specimens?” asks an undercover operative.

“If you have intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we’ve sometimes shipped those back to our lab in its entirety and that would also be great if you have those,” Dyer replies.

The eighth video came three days after a California court lifted an injunction sought by StemExpress to block the release of the undercover videos. The company has said in statements that Dyer’s words were taken out of context.

An unedited video obtained by the Washington Free Beacon sheds light on the two-hour conversation between the StemExpress executives and CMP activists.

Dyer mentions in the conversation the headaches that come from sting videos, lamenting the actions of “a crazy girl”—presumably pro-life activists from Live Action who captured abortionists skirting consent and rape reporting laws to facilitate abortions for minors and victims of abuse. The real problem with the situation, according to Dyer, was that Planned Parenthood workers lost their jobs.

“I mean they had to fire an entire medical staff and co-directors for Planned Parenthood down in L.A. because of it,” she said.

Dyer said that sanitary standards at some clinics made it hard to retrieve organs that were not contaminated, relating that she had seen staph infections present at times.

“I’ve seen really rampant, rampant problems with bacteria in certain clinics,” Dyer said. “I’ve seen staph come out of clinics. I mean, I’ve seen all sorts of things come out of clinics.”

Dyer is also a die-hard supporter of Hillary Clinton, who in 2015 is the largest recipient of Planned Parenthood employee contributions in the presidential field. She keeps an autographed photo of the Democratic frontrunner on her desk, a gift from her sister, a staffer for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

“I have a signed picture from Hillary because my sister works in Congress,” she said. “I’m a huge Hillary fan … she’s getting elected this time. It’s a done deal as far as I’m concerned.”

Clinton called the imagery in the organ harvesting videos “disturbing,” but later walked back her criticism to defend Planned Parenthood and to attack Republicans for pushing to reallocate $500 million from the abortionist to local women’s health clinics. Senate Democrats blocked the legislation. Planned Parenthood is now the subject of numerous investigations at the congressional and state levels.

The meal started with casual table banter and a bottle of red wine. Megan Barr, a procurement manager, discusses the infant son whom she brought to the abortionist conference. The conversation prompted StemExpress’ vice president of corporate development, Kevin Cooksy, to reflect on the tough time he had with his third child.

“He never slept. Just never slept. I don’t know how he survived,” Cooksy says on tape.

The declaration evoked sympathy from one of the undercover videographers, who introduced herself to the party as Susan Tennanbaum.

“And never slept. And it’s so hard on mom, isn’t it,” she said.

“Oh god. It’s just a killer. Just a killer,” Cooksy said.

Bill McMorris   Email Bill | Full Bio | RSS
Bill McMorris is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He joins the Beacon from the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, where he was managing editor of Old Dominion Watchdog. He was a 2010 Robert Novak Fellow with the Phillips Foundation, where he studied state pension shortfalls. His work has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Economist, Colbert Report, and numerous print publications and radio stations. He lives in Alexandria, Va, with his wife and three daughters. His Twitter handle is @FBillMcMorris. His email address is mcmorris@freebeacon.com.

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