New Video and Letter to Congress Show Evidence Planned Parenthood Profits from Fetal Tissue, Is Stonewalling Criminal Investigations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Several major developments over the past few hours have brought forth evidence that Planned Parenthood indeed has profited from the sale of aborted baby tissue, but also is stonewalling both criminal and Congressional investigations.

A new video released today by the Center for Medical Progress focuses on clips of discussions with Advanced Biosciences Resources, Inc. (ABR), the oldest body parts procurement company in the U.S. Founded in 1989 by Linda Tracy, ABR has partnered with numerous Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country.

Abortionist Katherine Sheehan, Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, told a CMP actor posing as a representative of a Tissue Procurement Organization (TPO) that her organization has had a business relationship with ABR supplying fetal tissue to them for over ten years. Sheehan noted that her Planned Parenthood Affiliate has just renegotiated their contract with ABR.

Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, based in San Diego, California, is a high volume abortion provider that conducts abortions up to 24 weeks. TPOs covet second trimester fetal tissue particularly in the 18-22 week range.

Last week, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, sent a letter to Congressional leadership admitting that there was one Planned Parenthood affiliate working with a TPO in California that also had a fetal tissue supply relationship with the University of California. Richards indicated that this affiliate is paid $60 per tissue specimen.

These admissions implicate Planned Parenthood in crimes.

That affiliate has now been identified as Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, which maintains long-time relationships with ABR and the University of California San Diego.

CMP Executive Director David Daleiden sent his own letter to Congressional leadership yesterday noting that if multiple organs are harvested from a single abortion, Planned Parenthood could make a substantial amount of money for essentially doing nothing since ABR employees immediately receive the fetal tissue so the work of harvesting, packaging, and transporting the tissue.

Daleiden stated in that letter:

Therefore, records of PPPS’s relationship with ABR for the past 10 years will be highly relevant to the Committees’ inquiries. In particular, a comparison of this affiliate’s contracts with ABR before and after the “renegotiation” mentioned by Dr. Sheehan will be enlightening. ABR’s procurement logs, records of payment to PPPS or officers, and communications between PPPS or ABR and Planned Parenthood’s national office will also be key pieces of evidence.

The fact that other Planned Parenthood affiliates, according to Richards, have received similar payments from TPOs for each harvested fetal tissue specimen raises serious questions that can be answered with analogous documents from those affiliates and the national office.

“Let the subpoena’s begin!” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue who also sits on the Board of the Center for Medical Policy. “We encourage Congress and law enforcement in states where Planned Parenthood has sold aborted baby remains to get the evidence as quickly as possible. Planned Parenthood has already attempted several dirty political tricks to get this scandal to go away, including lying to the American people. Because Planned Parenthood is so untrustworthy, it is important to secure the evidence as soon as possible.”

There is reason for concern.

Daleiden stated in his letter to Congressional leadership:

Instead of practicing transparency about the fetal tissue supply that Planned Parenthood claims to be so “proud” of, the organization and its allies are engaging in a pattern of stonewalling Congress and law enforcement and attacking whistleblowers with false and unsubstantiated calumnies.

Planned Parenthood released a spurious “analysis” of CMP video that was conducted by a radical leftist opposition research organization, Fusion GPS that has documented credibility issues. That organization was paid by Planned Parenthood to find a way to discredit the videos as well as members of the CMP. The video was “analyzed” using unscientific methods by another person, Grant Fredericks, who was caught on the record fabricating his “expert” experience.

“Planned Parenthood is hoping that America falls for their ‘smoke-and-mirrors’ effort to deflect attention away from their own apparently criminal conduct,” said Newman.

But the video evidence, along with documentation made public by the CMP speaks for itself.

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In today’s video release ABR Procurement Manager Perrin Larton discusses the trade in fetal tissue with an undercover CMP journalist.

“And you know what the really weird thing is? Embryonic [stem cell research], there is still a lot of controversy about that, you know. But then fetal kind of got lost in the mix. It was never outlawed.”

She noted that while Federal funding was cut off from embryonic stem cell research years ago, Federal funding kept flowing to those engaged in experimentation involving fetal tissue. According to the National Institute of Health’s website, an estimated $280 million federal tax dollars went to fund research involving human fetal tissue from 2011-2014. Another estimated $153 million is expected to be disbursed over the next two years. Federal tax money has also resumed in the human embryonic stem cell experimentation field as well.

“There is money to be made in the human tissue trade,” said Newman. “Yet that trade has flown under the radar for decades and evolved into a culture that views human life as a product that can enhance the bottom line.”

But recent political victories for the pro-life movement that have resulted in tighter abortion clinic oversight and decreased abortion numbers has TOPs like ABR worried.

“Now they’re trying to, um, make abortion illegal,” said Larton. “And that’s where we get our tissue.”

Larton admitted that ABR harvests fetal tissue from Family Planning Specialists, an Oakland abortion clinic not affiliated with Planned Parenthood. That clinic is operated by Jackie Barbic and does abortions through 21 weeks and guaranteed that the fetus was not given digoxin, a drug that induces fetal demise before the abortion extraction begins. This raises concerns that babies are being born alive at abortion clinics and barbarically killed for their organs.

While Larton said that the idea is not to have live births, she shockingly admitted that intact, living babies have sometimes “just fell out” during preparation for abortions.

However, Larton also lamented that more often, the abdomens of the babies get “ripped up” as the abortionist grabs whatever he or she can find and starts pulling the living fetus apart.

“Whenever we have a smooth portion of liver, we think that’s good,” she said.

Larton said that ABR also has contracts with abortion clinics in San Diego, Oregon, and Minnesota, but “will soon be starting” at clinics in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

StemExpress founder, Cate Dyer, has also admitted that her TPO contracts with abortion clinics numbering in “triple digit,” half of which are Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Meanwhile, Cecile Richards continues to represent Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the fetal tissue trade as comprising only 1% of her affiliates.

“Someone is lying here about Planned Parenthood involvement,” said Newman. “Dyer has no reason to lie to the CMP actors that she thought were abortion ‘champions.’ That leaves Richards, who is trying desperately to underplay Planned Parenthood’s involvement in what is essentially a black market in baby parts.”

The fact that these clinics are compensated financially is without question. StemExpress’ Dyer admitted that she pays abortion clinics money in exchange for fetal remains. Dyer also said that ABR has some abortion clinic staff on their payroll in an “advisory role.” These people do not participate in any of the procurement duties that would qualify for reimbursement under the law. That means ABR is buying favor inside abortion clinics with staff who are pocketing the money, which is clearly illegal.

It is illegal to sell human fetal tissue for profit, to alter abortion procedures to ensure organs will be suitable for sale, or to obtain tissue without proper consent. Daleiden’s letter to Congress indicated there is evidence that Planned Parenthood is violating these laws and more.

“It would be unconscionable to allow Planned Parenthood to hold themselves above the law and human decency, with their barbaric abortion practice subsidized by a half-a-billion taxpayer dollars each year,” Daleiden wrote.

“Operation Rescue continues our call for criminal prosecutions of Planned Parenthood and for Congress to completely defund the abortion giant,” said Newman. “And while Congress is at it, they should also include a Federal funding ban on the unethical experimentation on human embryos and aborted baby remains.”

  • Read Daleiden’s letter to Congressional Leadership (with attachments) dated August 31, 2015
  • Read Cecile Richard’s letter to Congressional Leadership dated August 27, 2015
  • View full videos released by the CMP related to today’s summary video.
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    CMP Releases New Video Clip That Reinforces Planned Parenthood Wrongdoing

    CMP also released a new statement “deconstructing” Planned Parenthood’s failed attempt to discredit the incriminating videos

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Washington, DC — This morning, the Center for Medical Progress released just over 28 minutes of video footage to correct a time stamp error in a video originally released on August 6, 2015, containing full footage of “Intact Fetuses ‘Just a Matter of Line Items’ for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center.” A highly cited video summary of this full footage was released on August 4, 2015.

    The release of new clip related to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Houston, Texas, only reinforces the following claims:

    • The Houston Planned Parenthood is a high volume abortion facility that provides a large number of abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy.
    • This facility provides a high volume of fetal remains to biologic companies.
    • Abortionists at this facility are able and willing to alter abortion procedures in order to ensure intact remains that can then be sold to biologic companies.
    • Abortionists at this facility actually conduct their own experimentation on human fetal remains obtained during abortions.
    • The price for the fetal remains are broken down by Planned Parenthood into “line items” and “baked” into contracts involving the sale of fetal remains.

    Farrell is also heard discussing how Planned Parenthood is “risk adverse” because is subject to certain laws, then goes on to explain how the she could manipulate the books in order to conceal the financial benefit received by Planned Parenthood.

    “For Planned Parenthood, the appearance of following the law is more important than actually following the law. As long as they can cook the books to make it appear they are in compliance, they can get away with whatever they want. Planned Parenthood has gotten to be quite good at this kind of deception,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue who also serves on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress.

    Last week, Planned Parenthood released a “report” that they commissioned from Fusion GPS that noted the missing footage and used it to attack the integrity of the Center for Medical Progress.

    The correction of the time stamp error today only illustrates that the CMP videos are correctly portrayed and that the missing video hid nothing that altered the original portrayal of the conversation with Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell.

    Fusion GPS, a radical leftist contractor paid by Planned Parenthood to find fault with the CMP videos, has a host of ethical and credibility issues of its own. It has been discovered that Fusion GPS is an opposition research firm of dubious credibility that is “paid by outside parties to generate negative PR against a political enemy.”

    The so-called “forensic video expert” that analyzed the CMP footage was Grant Fredericks. According to court documents in one case in which Fredericks presented himself as an expert, he was found to have grossly misrepresented his experience and credentials, which called into question his credibility as a witness.

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    CMP Director David Daleiden also posted an article today titled “Deconstructing Planned Parenthood’s Failed ‘Forensic Analysis’ Report,” which further refutes several inaccuracies in Frederick’s “analysis.”

    “The Planned Parenthood report contains multiple erroneous statements and conclusions, yet by its own words finds no ‘substantive video manipulation’ and ‘no evidence of audio manipulation.’ CMP’s investigative video recordings are high-quality and reproducible evidence that can be provided to law enforcement and official investigators in original recording format,” wrote Daleiden.

    “Based on the fact that Fredericks has been caught lying about his ‘expert’ experience, the credibility of his work is what should really be in question here,” said Newman. “All of this is just a ‘smoke-and-mirrors’ attempt by Planned Parenthood to distract attention away from their own illegal activity. In response, we continue to call for the criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood executives that illegally profited from the sale of aborted baby remains, those who put women at risk by manipulating their abortion procedures in order to obtain intact organs, and those who covered up the illegal activity.”

    Holly O’Donnell, a former employee of StemExpress which contracted with Planned Parenthood for the procurement of aborted baby remains in exchange for financial compensation, was featured prominently in several CMP videos detailing her horrific experiences while harvesting organs from aborted babies at Planned Parenthood. She spoke of the veracity of the CMP videos in an interview with Dana Loesch of The Blaze.

    “If you could impart one message to viewers who see, who watch these videos . . . what’s the one thing that you want them to walk away with?” asked Loesch.

    O’Donnell responded, “The videos are true. And I wouldn’t be putting myself out and speaking if they weren’t true . . . I’ve never been in the news, never been a part of anything like this. I wouldn’t put my life at risk if this wasn’t true.”

    Planned Parenthood Paid Political Ally Under False Guise of Impartiality to Find Fault with CMP Videos

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Washington, DC – There is an old saying, “You get what you pay for.” That adage held true in the recent disclosure by Planned Parenthood that they hired the radical leftist firm, Fusion GPS, to produce an analysis of incriminating videos released by the Center for Medical Progress favorable to Planned Parenthood.

    “There’s no doubt that Planned Parenthood got what they paid for, which was an ‘analysis’ that could be used by their supporters in the main stream media as fodder for a propaganda campaign against the Center for Medical Progress,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. Newman also serves on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress.

    That report was prominently referred to in an 11-page letter sent yesterday by Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards to Congressional leadership.

    A close reading of that letter actually verifies allegations made by the Center for Medical Progress while the Fusion GPS reports admits that there was no audio alterations in the videos.

    “The Planned Parenthood executives featured in the videos say what they say and Planned Parenthood can try to spin it all they want, but the truth remains that Planned Parenthood received financial consideration for human fetal remains – and sometimes intact fetuses – and did in fact alter abortion procedures to ensure organs or bodies would be suitable for sale. These acts are crimes for which Planned Parenthood officials should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Newman.

    Fusion GPS is a Democratic opposition research firm that, according to the Weekly Standard, “has a history of harassing socially conservative Republican donors, possibly on behalf of the Obama campaign. In fact, Fusion GPS admitted in its “report” that it “conducted preliminary research into the CMP organization and its personnel.”

    “In reality, Fusion GPS is nothing more than a lackey for the pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood Democratic party that was hired to dig up the dirt on the CMP and its members and make their new boss, Planned Parenthood look good,” said Newman. “They have more credibility issues than Hillary Clinton!”

    More about Fusion GPS and its shady background is available here from LifeSiteNews.com.

    David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Policy issued a formal statement regarding what he has called Fusion GPS’s “failed ‘analysis’” of the undercover videos.

    Planned Parenthood’s desperate, 11th-hour attempt to pay their hand-picked “experts” to distract from the crimes documented on video is a complete failure. The absence of bathroom breaks and waiting periods between meetings does not change the hours of dialogue with top-level Planned Parenthood executives eager to manipulate abortion procedures to get high-quality baby parts for financially profitable sale. While even Planned Parenthood’s “experts” found “no evidence of audio manipulation” in the recordings, it is telling that Planned Parenthood is trying so hard to pretend that their staff did not refer to a dismembered fetus as “a baby” and “another boy.” Planned Parenthood’s abortion providers are far more honest about the brutal reality of their work than the paid political consultants at the national office. If Planned Parenthood really wants to disprove the now-overwhelming body of evidence that their affiliates traffic in baby body parts, they should release their fetal tissue contracts with the for-profit company StemExpress for law enforcement, Congress, and all the world to see.

    As for the Richards letter to Congressional leadership, it bears a certain tone of desperation that also has serious credibility issues. Her claim that just 1% of Planned Parenthood’s affiliates are involved with “fetal tissue research” is misleading.

    Since the first CMP video was released in July, many of the Planned Parenthood affiliates have either halted participation in the selling of fetal remains or had procurement contracts terminated by StemExpress, a biotech tissue procurement company featured in the most recent CMP video. Prior to the release of the video series, Planned Parenthood participation was much larger and growing.

    Daleiden released the following statement regarding Richard’s letter:

    Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards makes two key admissions today in Planned Parenthood’s letter to Congress: that Planned Parenthood gets paid $60 per baby body part harvested, and that Planned Parenthood doctors alter their abortion procedures to get higher-quality body parts. Both of these admissions speak to Planned Parenthood’s financial benefit and profit motive for supplying fetal tissue, and both are the points CMP’s videos have documented and illustrated from the very beginning. When a Tissue Procurement Organization handles all dissection, packaging, and shipping of fetal organs, and all Planned Parenthood does is spend 10 minutes consenting a patient, the $60 per body part harvested quickly adds up to illegal baby parts profit for Planned Parenthood. And when a Planned Parenthood doctor manipulates the abortion to get higher-quality baby parts, they are prizing Planned Parenthood’s financial interests ahead of women’s health.

    “It’s obvious that Planned Parenthood officials will say anything and twist anything at this point to stay out of jail. Their denials are just like those of every other criminal that claims innocence to save themselves from prison sentences,” said Newman. “The videos portray an accurate picture of Planned Parenthood’s greedy and illegal involvement in the selling of human fetal remains as well as the dangerous exploitation of women by altering their procedures in order to make an extra buck. We continue to call for criminal prosecutions in very jurisdiction where Planned Parenthood was involved in this illicit activity.”

    View all of the CMP video releases, today’s release of full footage from the meeting with StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer.
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