In the latest video release from a pro-life organization exposing hideous, grotesque practices by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, a doctor for a tissue-harvesting partner of the taxpayer-funded organization appears to admit that a baby’s “heart actually is still beating” at times following abortions.
In addition, an ex-tissue procurement technician for StemExpress LLC, Holly O’Donnell,gave a first-person account of watching a baby’s heart beat before she assists in the dissection of its face in order to procure the baby’s brain, Fox News reported.
These allegations stem from a series of investigative videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion organization whose recent work is focused on exposing Planned Parenthood.
“The heart actually is still beating”
Since the organization began releasing its videos, it has been the target of a pair of restraining orders from two separate federal judges – orders that have served as little more than censorship of CMP’s journalism. One of the orders was requested by StemExpress; the orders ban CMP from releasing some of their recordings.
That said, one of the orders – the first one, which was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court – only bars the organization from releasing video of three StemExpress officials that was captured in a restaurant in May.
As Fox News further reported:
A recorded conversation heard during the new video features a voice identified as belonging to Dr. Ben Van Handel, the executive director of Novogenix Laboratories, LLC. Novogenix provides researchers with “human primary tissue-specific stem cells” according to its website.
“So you know there are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating,” Handel said to an undercover CMP investigator during the conversation.
Also O’Donnell, who has already appeared in previous videos, talked about a co-worker who showed her a beating heart in an aborted baby.
“‘Hey Holly, come over here, I want you to see something kinda cool. It’s kinda neat,'” O’Donnell said the coworker told her. “So I’m over here, and the moment I see it I’m just flabbergasted. This is the most gestated fetus and the closest thing to a baby that I’ve seen. And she’s like, ‘Okay I want to show you something.’ And she has one of her instruments and she just taps the heart and it starts beating and I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus and its heart is beating and I don’t know what to think.”
Following that sickening display, O’Donnell said that she and the colleague cut the face of the baby open and extracted its brain.
“It had a face,” O’Donnell said. “It wasn’t completely torn up. And its nose was very pronounced. It had eyelids. Its mouth was pronounced.”
O’Donnell said she left the employ of StemExpress shortly thereafter.
“I want a Lamborghini”
In the video’s most disturbing image, an aborted baby is shown that appears to move its arms and legs immediate post-abortion. That clip, however, is from the Grantham Collection and Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and was not uncovered by the CMP; as the CMP freely admitted, they only used that image as a way illustrate the situation being talked about in the videos.
In previous videos, Planned Parenthood officials have admitted that the organization changes abortion procedures – customizes them, really – in order to better procure specific organs from their infant victims. The officials also discuss how PP clinics deliver babies intact and how they sell fetal tissue for profit.
As Fox News reported, each of those practices is a violation of federal law. And in a video released earlier, O’Donnell discusses how StemExpress sometimes would not obtain consent from mothers to use their fetal tissue, which would be a serious breach of ethics if accurate.
Planned Parenthood officials have denied that the organization has broken any laws, adding that payments that were being negotiated in the videos relate only to reimbursement of costs for procuring the tissue, which is legal.
However, in one, a Planned Parenthood official makes a reference to wanting a luxury car, a “Lamborghini,” during a conversation about pricing of intact fetal tissue and organs.