Blackburn Gives StemExpress CEO Ten Days to Produce Subpoenaed Financial Records


By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn issued a press release calling out Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress, for failing to comply with Congressional subpoenas issued as a result of an investigation by the Select Panel on Infant Lives into the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts.

Blackburn, who chairs the Select Panel, also released a five-page letter to Dyer, complete with ten pages of attachments that document her lack of compliance with the subpoenas and calling on Dyer to cooperate.

Dyer has until the “close of business on May 12, 2016,” to fully comply with the subpoenas.

“Failure to comply will leave the Panel with no choice but to pursue all means necessary to compel compliance,” the letter stated.

StemExpress, an organ procurement company, was featured in undercover video exposés released by the Center for Medical Progress as that provided financial incentives to abortion businesses, including Planned Parenthood, in exchange for allowing their technicians into the abortion facilities to harvest sought-after fetal organs, which were then resold to commercial and medical research laboratories.

Shortly after the videos implicated StemExpress, the business disassociated from Planned Parenthood.

However, the videos prompted the creation of the Select Panel on Infant Lives, which has been tasked with investigating whether laws were broken in the trafficking of aborted baby remains. It is illegal to sell such remains for profit. It is also illegal to alter abortion procedures in order to obtain organs that are more suitable for research purposes.

“Over the last several months, we have made numerous attempts to acquire business and accounting documents from StemExpress that are necessary to complete our work at the Select Investigative Panel,” Blackburn wrote in the letter. “All of these requests have been met with verbal and written objections from your attorneys. In light of recent public comments you have made and the consensus reached by witnesses at our April 20 hearing on The Pricing of Fetal Tissue that a complete review of StemExpress business and accounting documents was necessary, I am writing to personally request you turn this information over to our investigators.”

Blackburn noted that at a hearing held on April 20, 2016, the majority of witnesses agreed that in order to “get to the bottom of StemExpress involvement in the fetal tissue industry,” financial records from the company must be examined.

Although Dyer claims that her company has turned over 2,000 pages of documents to the Select Panel, Blackburn reminded her that there were 14 categories of financial documents that had not been submitted, including accounting records, billing invoices, tax returns and back statements from 2010-2015.

Just for emphasis, Blackburn included a 6-page chart titled “StemExpress Production Log” that shows no compliance in 29 categories of requested documents. The chart showed whole or partial compliance in just 6 categories.

Blackburn also addressed objections to releasing the financial records raised by StemExpress’ attorneys.

“Having reviewed all of these written and verbal objections, I find all of StemExpress’ objections to the subpoena to be invalid and without legal merit,” she wrote.

“It is obvious that Dyer is stonewalling and has a lot to hide,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, who also served as a founding member of the Center for Medical Progress. “I applaud Rep. Marsha Blackburn and the Select Committee for their thorough investigation and their tenacity to cut through the smoke and mirrors to get to the truth. I have believed since the beginning that Planned Parenthood and their partners at StemExpress have broken the law by trafficking in aborted baby remains, and that they would fight like wild animals to hide their crimes. We are seeing that fight played out now. We can only hope that the rule of law prevails.”

Read Blackburn’s letter to Dyer

Emergency Transport of Abortion Patient Delayed by Evasive Caller and Distracted Dispatcher

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — The emergency transport of an abortion patient in “urgent” condition to a local hospital was needlessly delayed by an intentionally vague abortion clinic worker and a distracted 911 dispatcher. This incident took place at South Wind Women’s Center abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, on April 15, 2016.

Operation Rescue obtained 911 records that indicate a patient was in need of emergency transport to Wesley Medical Center, a nearby hospital. She was transported Code Yellow, which means she was an urgent patient, but not necessarily in a life-threatening situation.

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Such calls usually require lights and sirens, but the caller from South Wind told the dispatcher that they were not needed.

There was essentially no sense of urgency shown for the patient in the 911 recording. The dispatcher is heard interrupting the abortion facility caller and having her wait while the dispatcher handled radio traffic with firefighters on unrelated and seemingly non-emergency calls.

The South Wind employee only noted that the patient was in stable condition, but never answered questions about what happened to her.

“Well, the patient is in stable condition, but the doctor feels that it’s indicated for her to be transported,” the South Wind caller said.

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The South Wind employee seemed concerned about how long it would take the ambulance to arrive, making the delay in dispatching units even more concerning.

“Listening to the 911 recording, it seems like getting the patient urgently-needed emergency care in a timely manner was an afterthought with both the clinic worker and the dispatcher,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The abortion caller was focused on not revealing too much about the patient’s condition, while the dispatcher was more concerned about water in the street.”

South Wind recently built a nine-foot tall fence around the property and put in a new automatic gate on the north side of the building so ambulances could avoid pro-life supporters who offer help to women at the main west gate.

“We have caught this abortion business engaging in deceptive behavior in the past. Now they are acting like they have even more to hide,” said Newman.

In 2011, the legislature passed an abortion facility licensing law that would have prevented this clinic from ever opening. Because that law has been stuck in a county court for five long years – with no end in sight — South Wind has never been inspected and remains outside of any oversight authority.

“The fact that Attorney General Derek Schmidt has dragged his feet on this law for five years is unconscionable. He is ultimately responsible for every women that is hurt by the South Wind abortion clinic,” said Newman. “It is a source of shame for an administration that claims to be pro-life.”

Please contact Attorney General Derek Schmidt and demand that he defend the 2011 abortion facility licensing law before someone dies at an unaccountable abortion business.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt
Voice: 1-888-428-8436
E-Mail Web Form: Click Here.

Abortion Cartel is Hating on Troy Newman and Operation Rescue

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — Within the past 24 hours, the Abortion Cartel has launched a coordinated attack against Troy Newman and Operation Rescue, calling for Sen. Ted Cruz to “fire” Troy Newman as Co-Chair of his Pro-Lifers for Cruz coalition.

The letter, published by the militant left-wingers at People for the American Way, was signed by PFAW President Michael Keegan, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens.

The group of radical abortion promoters falsely accuses Newman of “violent extremism” and “history of violent rhetoric and harassment toward women’s health providers,” among other spurious allegations.

However, Newman and Operation Rescue has a long and fully documented history of peaceful activism and denouncing of violence against abortionists.

What Planned Parenthood and their cohorts call “violent rhetoric” is really a discussion of Old Testament Bible verses taken out of context. What they call “harassment” is peaceful activism that is completely protected by the First Amendment.

But Planned Parenthood and their cronies have a vested interest in attacking Newman. He served as a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, which released undercover videos that exposed its involvement in the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts.

In fact, Planned Parenthood sued Newman and CMP head David Daleiden in Federal Court under anti-racketeering laws and the abortion giant is now battling a motion to dismiss their ridiculous suit filed by and Daleiden’s attorneys as well as a motion to dissolve an injunction that has kept hundreds of hours of incriminating undercover videos from being released to the public.

Attacking the messenger is the only way they have to try to discredit the hefty volume of evidence against them. This most recent attack is all about manipulating the public’s perception against those who exposed Planned Parenthood in order to deflect attention from their own crimes.

It is also a feeble attempt to hurt the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz, who they know will seek to enforce the laws against them.

The PFAW attack letter was followed almost instantaneously by articles continuing the attack and repeating their falsehoods, which were published by the Huffington Post, Politico, Right Wing Watch, and even Glamour Magazine, among others.

Not one of these publications bothered to reach out to Newman or Operation Rescue’s staff for their response.

Newman’s position on abortion-related violence is clear. He denounces violence against abortion providers as well as the violence perpetrated by the Abortion Cartel against innocent babies in the womb and their mothers.

In the meantime, Operation Rescue staff is taking extra precautions at their headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, which has been vandalized numerous times by abortion supporters. Newman and members of Operation Rescue’s staff have received hundreds of death threats from the pro-abortion crowd over the years – threats ginned up by the false accusations of abortion supporters who irresponsibly fling their lies across the Internet.

A fuller statement on Operation Rescue’s position denouncing abortion violence is easily accessible to anyone who can read here: Operation Rescue’s Non-Violent History is a Matter of Public Record.