New Video Shows Evidence that Live Babies are Killed for Organs with Scissors at Planned Parenthood

Operation Rescue calls on police to conduct murder investigations of Planned Parenthood for Gosnell-like killings of babies born alive during abortions

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Jose, CA — It was the stuff of nightmares. A baby boy born intact during an abortion to a distraught mother. A tiny heart beating. The horrific order to harvest his brain.

In today’s video installment from the Center for Medical Progress, Holly O’Donnell struggles to tamp down her emotions as she recalls her worst experience at Planned Parenthood while working as a procurement technician for StemExpress.

O’Donnell recounts a day at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on The Alameda in San Jose, California, that will forever haunt her memories.

O’Donnell was training with another StemExpress employee identified only as “Jessica” when the Planned Parenthood abortionist emerged from the delivery room, “really frustrated” that one distraught woman could not be calmed down enough to do the abortion procedure. The patient could not be “medicated” because her fetus had been selected for organ harvesting. Certain drugs render fetal “specimens” useless to researchers.

“Finally the woman – she calmed down and the doctor went in to perform the abortion. It takes a little while and I’m in the hallway. I see the jar come out. Goes into the path lab. And Jessica, I can hear, is preparing it,” explained O’Donnell, reliving the memory step by step.

She continued:

So then I hear her call my name. “Hey, Holly! Come over here. I want you to see something kinda cool. It’s kinda neat!” So I’m over here and – the moment I see it I’m just flabbergasted. This is the most gestated fetus and closest thing to a “baby” that I’ve seen.

And she’s like, “Okay, I want to show you something.” So 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…

I knew why it was happening. It’s because of the electrical current was — the nodes were still firing, and I don’t know if that constitutes — it’s technically dead? Or it’s alive?

It had a face. It wasn’t completely torn up. And its nose was very pronounced. It had eyelids and its mouth was pronounced. And then, since the fetus was so intact, [Jessica] said, “Okay, this is a really good fetus and it looks like we can procure a lot from it. We’re going to procure a brain.”

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O’Donnell then describes how Jessica began the harvesting process by cutting through the lower jaw and into the face with scissors, then instructed O’Donnell to finish cutting through the face so she could extract the brain.

“I’m thinking, ‘No, I don’t want to do this,’” O’Donnell recalls.

“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could even give such an order and what kind of callous and depraved subculture must exist at Planned Parenthood that this kind of horrific atrocity could be remotely considered ‘cool’ or ‘neat,’” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Board member for the Center for Medical Progress. “Kermit Gosnell is serving life in prison for cutting the backs of babies’ necks with scissors. Now, at Planned Parenthood, live babies are murdered using scissors to harvest brains for ‘research’ — as if the ‘research’ part makes it all okay. Well, it doesn’t. Jessica and the rest of the abortion crew at Planned Parenthood should be in a prison cell right next to Gosnell!”

The delivery of intact and/or living fetuses apparently are not all that rare.

The CMP video shows incriminating clips of Planned Parenthood and procurement company officials telling of intact births and the illegal altering of abortion procedures for the purpose of organ harvesting.

One clip showed a representative of Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) describing how intact babies sometimes “fall out” of the birth canal before an abortion can be completed.

Another clip shows Melissa Farrell, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood’s Houston abortion facility, discussing the alteration of the abortion process to insure that fetuses are delivered intact.

Then there is Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Medical Director, explaining how abortionists change the presentation to breech to ensure the fetus is delivered with head intact so that the sought-after brain with the brain stem still attached can be harvested and sold.

Nucatola also explains that digoxin, a drug sometimes used during late-term abortions to ensure that the babies are dead before the extraction process begins, cannot be used. Like other medications, digoxin taints the tissue and renders it useless for experimentation purposes.

“Providers who use digoxin use it for one of two reasons,” stated Deborah Nucatola. “There is a group of people who just use it so that they have no risk of violating the federal abortion act. You want to induce demise before you do the procedure. No one is going to say you did a live – whatever the federal government calls it – partial birth abortion.”

Nucatola waives her arms as if the entire thought of preventing a live birth is simply ridiculous.

“Today’s video is evidence that babies are being born alive during abortions at Planned Parenthood and then intentionally killed for their organs. This is no less than cold-hearted, premeditated murder,” said Newman. “Furthermore, there is evidence that Planned Parenthood abortionists alter procedures to ensure the organs can be harvested. This is also a crime. We call on authorities in San Jose, Houston and everywhere else that Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts to immediately open murder investigations and swiftly bring those involved in killing born alive babies to justice.”

Meanwhile, back at the Planned Parenthood, O’Donnell’s nightmare had only begun. Reluctantly, she followed her supervisor’s instructions and removed the baby’s brain, which was quickly placed in a medium to preserve it for shipping.

Then O’Donnell was left to clean up the mess. But the biohazard container as too full and the baby was too big. He wouldn’t fit. He got stuck on the lid with his legs dangling out. O’Donnell had to pick up each tiny leg and shove it into the overflowing biohazard container.

Later, heartbroken and crying, O’Donnell returned to the biohazard container to hold the baby boy one last time.

“It just really hard knowing that you’re the only person who’s ever going to hold that baby,” she said.

She often thought of what each child could have been, if given the chance. One could have been lawyer, or a firefighter or one day perhaps, even the President. Would a little girl at age three have liked to color? Would she look like her mom or her dad?

“Things like that, I think that it’s a wasted life, and it’s sad that so many people view it as a mistake,” O’Donnell said. “You know, ‘cuz it’s not. I mean, life isn’t a mistake. Getting pregnant – it can be an accident, but it’s not a mistake.”

Today’s CMP video is the seventh in a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the black market trafficking of aborted baby remains. It is also the third in the video documentary series “Human Capital.” More videos can be viewed on the CMP’s YouTube channel.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Injunctions Against Florida Order to Halt Illegal Second Trimester Abortions

UPDATE, Aug. 19, 2015: The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Agency for Health Care Administration sent a letter on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, to Planned Parenthood attorney Julie Gallagher stating, “Your client, Planned Parenthood, continues to misrepresent to the media that AHCA has changed its position, and Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida may now provide unauthorized second trimester abortions. This is false.” The news article indicated that the letter also informed Planned Parenthood that the investigations are still ongoing.

A previous letter sent by the AHCA on Tuesday apparently led Planned Parenthood to believe that the AHCA had acquiesced and that they could continue abortions up to 14 weeks. Today’s letter clarified that was not the case. Tuesday’s letter “led Planned Parenthood to drop its request that a judge intervene to stop license sanctions from going forward.”

This is a breaking news development. Read the entire Tampa Bay Times article.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tallahassee, FL — Three Florida Planned Parenthood abortion clinics that were cited for committing illegal second trimester abortions earlier this month, filed Monday in Leon County Circuit Court seeking an emergency injunction that would allow the facilities could resume the later abortions for which they are not licensed.

“Planned Parenthood makes a lot of money doing the more expensive second trimester abortions, so for every day they are blocked from doing them means money out of Planned Parenthood’s pockets,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. “Planned Parenthood’s efforts to continue second trimester abortions is all about money and has nothing to do with helping women.”

On August 5, 2015, the Agency for Health Care Administration sent letters to Planned Parenthood abortion centers in St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, and Naples notifying them that they needed to immediately halt abortions done after 12 weeks. Records discovered during facility inspections showed that all three abortion facilities were conducting abortions two weeks into the second trimester of pregnancy.

The letters ordered Planned Parenthood to halt abortions done after 12 weeks, which is considered the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. None of the clinics are licensed to do abortions beyond the first trimester.

Planned Parenthood admits that it does abortions through 13 weeks, 6 days gestation as counted from the woman’s last menstrual period, but claims those abortions are still considered first trimester procedures.

A fourth Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Pembroke Pines was cited for failing to follow protocols related to the disposal of the remains of at least 25 aborted babies. The remains were stored in red biohazard bags in a freezer until they could be picked up for “routine disposal” but several were not properly sealed to prevent leakage. “POC” logs, referring to “products of conception” were not kept and the remains were not labeled as required.

The inspections that discovered the violations we the result of an investigation ordered by Gov. Rick Scott after the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos that revealed Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the selling of aborted baby remains for profit.

Inspections of all 16 Florida Planned Parenthood abortion facilities showed that none of them were involved in selling fetal remains from abortions.

Over a dozen states have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities in response to the CMP videos. So far, four states, Florida, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Georgia have reported that Planned Parenthood does not traffic in fetal remains in those state. However, Operation Rescue has documented that the University of Massachusetts Medical School has purchased $29,000 worth of “fetal cadaverous tissues” from a company that harvested aborted baby remains from California Planned Parenthood clinics.

Read Cease and Desist letters and Deficiency reports:

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  • Planned Parenthood, Fort Myers
  • Planned Parenthood, Naples
  • Planned Parenthood, Pembroke Pines
  • New Docs Confirm UMass Purchased Fetal Cadavers for Use in Humanized Mice as StemExpress Dumps Planned Parenthood

    UMass Paid $29,000 in Public Money for Fetal Cadavers from StemExpress

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Worcester, MA – A loss in court and increased public outrage over fetal parts trafficking has prompted StemExpress, to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood and recalibrate its public profile to one that is “predominately” focused — at least outwardly — on adult blood and tissue procurement.

    This news came in the same week that Operation Rescue obtained purchase orders that show the University of Massachusetts Medical School paid StemExpress a total of $29,000 for human fetal cadaverous tissue, (presumably harvested from Planned Parenthood abortions), for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice.

    StemExpress is a biotech company in Placerville, California, that has been featured in video exposés released by the Center for Medical Progress, which show the company partnering with Planned Parenthood to harvest and profit from the sale of aborted baby parts.

    StemExpress had earlier obtained an injunction barring the CMP from releasing an alleged recorded conversations with the company’s executives made on May 22, 2015. However, on August 13, a judge denied StemExpress’ efforts to obtain journalistic materials from CMP, saying that it would violate the CMP’s First Amendments rights.

    Friday, StemExpress issued a statement announcing that it has severed its business relationship with Planned Parenthood, claiming that it represented only “a small percentage of our overall business activity.”

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    “If true, that would be welcomed news, but it still does not absolve StemExpress from responsibility for alleged legal violations that have been documented by the CMP’s undercover journalistic study. No amount of public relations spinning can distance StemExpress executives from possibly criminal acts done in concert with Planned Parenthood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Meanwhile StemExpress continues its unethical practice of profiting from the sale fetal remains obtained from abortion clinics, and new evidence obtained by my office only reinforces the massive profit-taking that has gone on for years.”

    CMP Director David Daleiden issued the following statement in response to StemExpress’ announcement.

    Earlier this week, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Northern California said they were “proud of” their baby parts program with StemExpress ( Now, StemExpress claims it is terminating its “business relationship” with Planned Parenthood ( Yet StemExpress leadership confirmed to CMP investigators in May they are struggling to meet demand for intact fetal livers. Was there a dispute about money with Planned Parenthood? Or is StemExpress following orders from Planned Parenthood National to save face? Does Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Ronald Berman continue to serve as Medical Director of StemExpress? Planned Parenthood and StemExpress should both answer questions about this shady move, and the full details of their “business relationship,” under oath before Congress and the American people.

    Just three days earlier, on August 12, 2015, StemExpress released a statement denouncing CMP videos and stating that it is “a life-sciences company that predominantly supplies adult cells, blood and tissue to the nation’s leading researchers.”

    The focus on “adult” specimens represents a huge public relations recalibration for StemExpress, which continues to market fetal liver “products” on its online shopping page.

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    But among those “researchers” referred to by StemExpress is the publicly funded University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Program of Molecular Medicine.

    Operation Rescue has now obtained purchase orders showing that the publicly funded University of Massachusetts has paid $29,000 to StemExpress for three shipments of “fetal cadaverous tissue.”

    The purchase orders are dated between February, 2013 and July, 2014, and were slated for the research laboratory of Dale L. Greiner, Ph.D. in the Molecular Medicine with attention to Greiner’s research assistant, Darcy Reil.

    According to Greiner’s profile on the UMass web site, the focus of his research includes “the use of humanized mice to study human diseases and infections.”

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    Humanized mice, as Operation Rescue previously reported, have suppressed immune systems that allow for the transplantation or injection of human tissue without the threat of rejection. This allows tissue and cells harvested from aborted babies to be grown in the mice so that researchers can obtain more human-like responses especially when testing new pharmaceuticals or commercial products.

    The source of the human tissue that is grown in the immune-suppressed mice is human fetal remains obtained by StemExpress from abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood.

    “Just a few years ago the thought of aborting babies, selling their cadavers, and growing their parts in mice would have sounded like some kind of science fiction horror novel. Now this practice has secretly grown until it is an everyday occurrence,” said Newman. “There are ethics breaches – and very likely criminal activity — at every level of this corrupt enterprise.”

    Profiteering from the sale of human fetal remains is illegal.

    Before the incriminating CMP videos were released, StemExpress’ relationship with Planned Parenthood had been a profitable one.

    Last fall, listed StemExpress as number 363 among the top growing companies in America and number 35 among the fastest growing woman-led companies. StemExpress boasts of an annual profit of $2.2 million, having three-year growth rate of 1316 percent.

    Videos released over the past six weeks by the Center for Medical Progress have documented Planned Parenthood’s profit motive in contracting with StemExpress and similar companies.

    Most recently, Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for StemExpress related in one CMP video that it is common for women are pressured to abort in order for technicians to harvest their babies’ remains. In some cases, O’Donnell says some technicians take fetal tissue without obtaining proper consent.

    Arguments that the tissue was “donated” to research laboratories are debunked by the UMass purchase orders showing payments totaling $29,000 to StemExpress for “fetal cadaverous tissues.”

    “In fact, the only ones not shown to profit at all throughout the baby body parts money stream are the women who pay Planned Parenthood to do their expensive later-term abortions,” said Newman. “These ladies are exploited nine ways to Sunday then left only with pocketbooks as empty as their wombs.”

    Now, more questions must be answered. Were the fetal cadaverous remains obtained by UMass intact? The purchase orders are not clear, but CMP videos contain evidence that aborted babies have been delivered “intact” using an abortion method that was outlawed nationwide with the passage of the Federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2007 Gonzalez v. Carhart decision.

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    In order to be of use to researchers, fetal cadavers must be free from substances like Digoxin, which is sometimes used in later abortions to ensure “fetal demise” prior to beginning the dismemberment or intact delivery process. [Read more about this process.] Without the use of Digoxin or other agent, there is grave concern that babies are being born alive at Planned Parenthood facilities during abortions that are specifically altered to ensure the best “specimens” for sale to procurement companies.

    This practice of aborting babies and killing them or leaving them to die is also in violation of State and Federal laws. In fact, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of three counts of First Degree Murder for intentionally killing babies that were born alive at his “house of Horrors” abortion clinic. He is currently serving life in prison.

    “It remains to be seen if Gosnell’s fate will be shared by executives from the now estranged partners of StemExpress and Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “One can certainly hope.”