Federal Officials Warn States Not to Defund Planned Parenthood

(UPDATED) StemExpressLLC cuts ties with Planned Parenthood, loses in court, denies any wrongdoing.
Federal Officials Warn States Not to Defund Planned Parenthood
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(Update) August 15: A California tissue acquisition company has cut ties with Planned Parenthood after a series of undercover videos raised questions about its business practices.

StemExpressLLC, which touted the financial benefits of fetal tissue donation and advertised fetal liver calls, has been accused by a former employee of demanding tissue donations without consent. The accusations were made in a video released this week by activists from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.

StemExpress denied those allegations in a statement on its website:

StemExpress unequivocally denies the allegations made by Holly O’Donnell and The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and reaffirms that it has never obtained blood or tissue samples from a patient without first obtaining consent. Ensuring that patients have provided consent for blood or tissue donation to support medical research, education, or treatment is a threshold issue that is non-negotiable for StemExpress.

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