Former Organ Buyer: Planned Parenthood ‘Just Wanted Their Money’

Describes business of organ harvesting

Planned Parenthood rally
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August 12, 2015

A former procurement specialist told pro-life activists that Planned Parenthood and organ companies looked at positive pregnancy tests as "opportunities" to cash in.

Holly O’Donnell, a former technician with organ tissue company StemExpress, took activists through the day-to-day operations of her former career. She described walking in to clinics with a checklist of body parts and ages of the aborted babies. She would then cross that list with the scheduled abortions for that day.

"They give you a sheet, and it’s everybody for that day, who’s coming in for an ultrasound, who’s coming in for an abortion, medical or a late-term abortion," O’Donnell said in the video. "Pregnancy tests are potential pregnancies, therefore potential specimens. So it’s just taking advantage of the opportunities."

O’Donnell, 24, became a licensed phlebotomist to help draw blood, but took a job at the tissue procurement company. She now describes herself as "very pro-life" and alleged on the video that Planned Parenthood clinics pressured women into consenting to organ donations and in some instances violated those consent forms. If O’Donnell failed to convince a patient to hand over the organs her superiors told her, "well that’s an opportunity you just missed."

"They’re cold. They just wanted their money," she said.

O’Donnell has been featured in previous installments of the nonprofit Center for Medical Progress documentary, calling the practice of organ harvesting "human trafficking."

Planned Parenthood has come under fire in recent weeks after undercover CMP videographers posing as potential organ buyers met with senior level officials at the nation’s largest abortionist. Officials from the billion dollar company have described in detail how they change abortion methods to ensure that organs and in some cases entire fetuses emerge intact.

Federal law prohibits altering procedures for the purpose of harvesting organs. The group has said it has several more undercover videos taken from inside clinics and abortionist conventions to release, though an Obama bundler turned federal judge has issued a stay preventing the release of some of them.

Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing in past statements. It did not return request for comment at the time of publication.

Hillary Clinton, the top recipient of Planned Parenthood donations in the Democratic field, has called the imagery in the videos "disturbing," but later called them an "attack on women’s right to choose."

Republican presidential contenders have fired back at Clinton for defending the group, as well as her past support for partial birth abortion and opposition to parental notification laws. After Clinton attacked Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) for defending pro-life legislation and his belief that life begins at conception during the Thursday debate, he criticized her "extreme record" on the issue.

"She supports funding Planned Parenthood even after they have been exposed for their role in selling the organs of unborn children; and she supports using taxpayer money to pay for abortions overseas," he said in a Monday release. "Hillary Clinton holds radical views on abortion that we look forward to exposing in the months to come."

Senate Democrats blocked Republican attempts to shift $500 million that Planned Parenthood receives each year and give it to local women’s health centers. Its organ harvesting practices are now the subject of investigations from three congressional committees and several states.