Politico broke the story that StemExpress, the tissue procurement company caught in the center of the current Planned Parenthood scandal, is “cutting ties” with the organization, according to their sources.
The small biomedical tissue procurement company is distancing itself from Planned Parenthood after finding itself tangentially linked to what abortion opponents allege is Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of fetal tissue and organs.
Although the controversy centers on Planned Parenthood, the most recent video from the Center for Medical Progress features whistleblower Holly O’Donnell, a former StemExpress employee, who claims that not only Planned Parenthood but StemExpress employees frequently disregarded the necessity of consent in procurement procedures. So the word “tangentially” may be less than adequate on the part of Politico.
StemExpress, a five-year-old company based in Placerville, Calif., notified Planned Parenthood and Congress Friday of its decision to end the relationship, the source said. The House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Judiciary committees had asked StemExpress to explain its relationship with Planned Parenthood.
The news comes just one day after a California court ruled against StemExpress on the issue of their right to discovery on the materials produced by the undercover investigation.