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Former baby parts harvester recalls first day at work: ‘You can feel the death’

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October 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new video today of a former fetal body parts harvester describing her first day at work inside a California Planned Parenthood.

Holly O’Donnell, who has previously appeared in CMP videos describing her work as a procurement technician for StemExpress, said she “felt the pain radiate through my hand” the first time she touched the limb of an aborted human.

“You can feel the death,” she said, noting that the aborted baby through which she was assigned to pick “was something that was just alive.”

StemExpress is one of the major harvesters of aborted baby body parts in the U.S. After CMP’s groundbreaking exposé of Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade implicated the company, it sued CMP to block the release of undercover footage.

StemExpress lost their attempt to silence CMP. It was abandoned by its first legal team and ultimately withdrew its lawsuit, walking away with nothing, according to CMP. 

The U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee both referred StemExpress to the FBI and the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. The House panel voted to hold StemExpress in contempt of Congress for stonewalling its investigation and refusing to properly cooperate.

O’Donnell said she passed out on her first day on the job and was told this was common. She said she was told that some abortion workers “never get over it.”

“I thought I was just going to be drawing blood,” O’Donnell told CMP’s David Daleiden.

O’Donnell was told to arrive at the Planned Parenthood in Concord, California, for her first day of StemExpress work. She wasn't told exactly what she'd be doing that day. 

“They said just show up,” O’Donnell explained. A nurse let them in and at first everything seemed “normal.”

O’Donnell described a pathology lab inside Planned Parenthood where baby parts were sorted.

“They have the jars or they have the clear pie dishes where they have to make sure that all (fetal) limbs and the head are within the POC (products of conception) to make sure that the woman doesn’t get sick,” she said. If any body parts from an aborted baby are left inside the mother, she can get a serious infection.

Inside the pathology lab for the first time, O’Donnell said she was “a little bit shocked.”

“I just see a pie dish with all this blood in it,” she remembered. “I’m trying to stay calm because I don’t know what was going on.”

The woman showing O’Donnell around begin “fishing around” in the pie dish, showing her different body parts from tiny humans.

“I think I was in such a state of shock, and trying to relax at the same time – it didn’t really feel real,” she said. The other worker showed her, “this is a leg, this is an arm,” and then handed her tweezers and asked her to show her “some of the parts that I just showed you.”

“I put the tweezers” in the dish of body parts, she said. Touching a tiny limb, “I felt the pain radiate through my hand. You can feel the death go up through, you know, it was something that was just alive. And I grabbed it, and I felt that, and I started to get woozy.”

“Next thing I know, I woke up in the recovery room,” said O’Donnell. A nurse assured her it wasn’t unusual that she passed out upon seeing the aborted baby’s “remains.”

“Honestly, some of us never get over it,” O’Donnell said the Planned Parenthood nurse told her.

“Holly O’Donnell is a brave whistleblower who witnessed shocking violations of the law, medical ethics, and human dignity inside of Planned Parenthood and StemExpress,” said Daleiden. “CMP’s undercover work was directly informed by the real-life business relationship between StemExpress and Planned Parenthood to sell aborted baby parts, and Holly’s testimony corroborates the reports of the House Select Panel and Senate Judiciary Committee investigations.”

He said O’Donnell’s experiences will reach the public “through this new format in the weeks ahead.”

CMP also released StemExpress’s offer of employment to O’Donnell. The offer said her position as a procurement technician “plays a vital role in our company’s mission by expanding and broadening our services to the medical research and scientific community.”

The offer promised bonuses for harvesting extra body parts. The bonuses were higher for “tissues that are more difficult to isolate such as brain, liver, thymus, or heart.”

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