Los Angeles Superior Court Judge O’Donnell rescinds her restraining order barring CMP from releasing any videos showing current or former StemExpress employees, saying CMP has First Amendment rights to release videos it covertly took of StemExpress executives talking about buying aborted baby tissue from Planned Parenthood. However she says that, even though they cannot be prevented from releasing the video, it is likely that StemExpress will prevail in its lawsuit claiming its privacy was violated.
CMP releases a two-minute-long video comprising segments from previous videos as well as a new section featuring StemExpress CEO Dyer. As she pays the lunch check, Dyer appears to be laughing about how lab recipients of the aborted babies go into shock when they open a box to find an “intact case” (intact aborted body):
Oh, yeah, if you have intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety. Tell the lab it’s coming; they’ll open the box and go, ‘Oh, my God.
She says lab technicians “freak out, and have meltdowns” when receiving whole heads. She says that sometimes the samples are destroyed:
…Because it’s just, and the procurement for us, I mean it can go really sideways, depending on the facility, and then our samples are destroyed, and we’re like, ‘Really?’ This was all so much work, and then just to have them be destroyed is awful. I mean we have researchers wait forever, and they want certain things, you know, perfectly done, so we started bringing them back even to manage it from a procurement expert standpoint.
And that clinics have poor hygene:
I’ve seen staph come out of clinics. I’ve seen all sorts of things come out of clinics…
The Center for Medical Progress releases a fifth video, reportedly filmed in April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. The video shows a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses changing abortion procedures based on the requirements of the fetal tissue buyers.
And we’ve had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that. If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it’s all just a matter of line items.
The video also shows the “buyers” sifting through fetal tissue and pulling out lungs and intestines.
The footage released today doesn’t show Planned Parenthood staff engaged in any wrongdoing or agreeing to violate any legal or medical standards,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a six-paragraph statement. Instead, the latest tape shows an extremely offensive intrusion and lack of respect for women, with footage of medical tissue in a lab. These extremists show a total lack of compassion and dignity for women’s most personal medical decisions.
The Center for Medical Progress releases third video. One Planned Parenthood official in the video discusses price per organ.
I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.
A phlebotomist discusses compensation arrangements:
For whatever we could procure, (Planned Parenthood) would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.
The Los Angeles Superior Court issues a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials. Planned Parenthood provides StemExpress with fetal tissue. Center for Medical Progress leader:
StemExpress was using meritless litigation to cover up an illegal baby parts trade. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work.
A spokesman for StemExpress is:
grateful its rights have been vindicated in a court of law.
California Attorney General Harris announces a review of two undercover videos made by the Center for Medical Progress to discredit Planned Parenthood. The investigation is made at the request of four Democratic Congressmen. Harris’ office regulates charitable organizations and will use its authority to determine whether any violations were made by the Center in its creation of the videos.
We will carefully review the allegations raised in your letter to determine whether there were any violations of California law.
A second video release by Center for Medical Progress shows Planned Parenthood senior medical advisor, Dr. Gatter, negotiating the sale of baby body parts with actors playing entrepreneurs from a biotech start-up. At one point Gatter says she’d like to Gatter:
What would you expect for intact tissue?
Well, you know in negotiations the person who throws out the figure first is at a loss, right? So…
I was going to say $50.
Later she says wants to be compensated with a Lamborghini.