In an undercover video, a former technician for a tissue-harvesting firm particulars how an aborted child was stored alive in order that its coronary heart could possibly be harvested at a California Planned Parenthood facility, elevating extra authorized questions in regards to the group’s practices.
Holly O’Donnell, a former blood and tissue procurement technician for the biotech startup StemExpress, additionally mentioned she was requested to harvest an intact mind from the late-term, male fetus whose coronary heart was nonetheless beating after the abortion.
A StemExpress supervisor “gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. And I can’t even describe what that feels like,” mentioned Ms. O’Donnell, who has been featured in earlier movies by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group that beforehand had launched six undercover clips involving Planned Parenthood personnel and practices.
David Daleiden, the video mission chief, mentioned the undercover footage and interviews present that fetuses are typically delivered “intact and alive” earlier than their organs are harvested.
The federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 says that when a baby is born alive, together with having a beating coronary heart, she or he is a legalperson and has a proper to lifesaving medical care.
California regulation additionally prohibits any sort of experimentation on a fetus with a discernible heartbeat, mentioned the Center for Medical Progress, which is asking for the federal authorities to stop its $500 million a 12 months assist to Planned Parenthood and for it to be investigated.
“Today’s video is especially gruesome, and it shows, once again, the barbarity of what takes place at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country,” mentioned Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on well being, considered one of a number of congressional panels investigating Planned Parenthood.