Is StemExpress Intimidating Former Employees Into Silence About Planned Parenthood?

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Sep 2, 2015   |   5:40PM   |   Washington, DC

Stem Express, the biotech company that acts as the middleman for Planned Parenthood and purchases body parts of aborted babies, could be intimidating former employees into silence.

In an article on the California political website, Flash Report, Katy Grimes says she recently received a copy of a letter written on StemExpress stationary to a former employee urging the employee not to talk about the organ harvesting company in public, unless she wants to bring legal trouble upon herself. Portions of the letter are redacted but the purpose of it was to warn the employee that there could be legal ramifications if she continues to speak about them in public.

The letter reads, “It has come to our attention that you recently posted several defamatory comments in —– that constitute a direct violation of your contractual obligations to StemExpress. A collection of screenshots cataloguing your comments is attached as Exhibit B. You will recall signing a Proprietary Information Agreement upon accepting employment with StemExpress, a copy of which is enclosed as Exhibit C for your reference.”

“StemExpress and its outside counsel are monitoring the media and other communications for this very sort of activity. To avoid potential legal action, I encourage you to immediately refrain from any future public commentary regarding StemExpress and/or disclosure of StemExpress confidential information of any nature,” the letter continued.

Kevin Cooksy, Esq., the Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs at StemExpress, signed the letter and the subject of it is “Proprietary Information Agreement and Your Ongoing Obligations.” Grimes also says she has been told by other sources that many former employees of StemExpress have been intimidated into silence.

As LifeNews previously reported, Cooksy was featured in the eighth video exposing Stem Express’s work with Planned Parenthood, along with the CEO of StemExpress Cate Dyer and Procurement Manager Megan Barr. In the video, Dyer admitted that the company gets “a lot” of intact fetuses, suggesting “another 50 livers a week” would not be enough, and agreeing abortion clinics should profit from the sale.

“So many physicians are like, ‘Oh I can totally procure tissue,’ and they can’t,” expresses Dyer, seeming to indicate that abortion doctors must do the procedure in a special way to obtain useable fetal parts. Federal law requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).

“What about intact specimens?” asks one of the actors. “Oh yeah, I mean if you have intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” replies Dyer. “Case” is the clinical term for an abortion procedure. An “intact case” refers to an intact abortion with a whole fetus. “The entire case?” asks an actor. “Yeah, yeah,” says Dyer. “The procurement for us, I mean it can go really sideways, depending on the facility, and then our samples are destroyed,” she explains past botched fetal dissections, “so we started bringing them back even to manage it from a procurement expert standpoint.”

On August 14th, StemExpress cut all ties to Planned Parenthood after a sixth video was released featuring their former employee, Holly O’Donnell. O’Donnell is a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at StemExpress in late 2012.

In the videoshe explains how Planned Parenthood worked with Stem Express to procure fetal body parts and pressured patients into “donating” their aborted babies to research. However, she also said that sometimes Planned Parenthood employee’s harvested aborted babies’ organs without their patients consent.


Additionally, O’Donnell said that her supervisors instructed her on how to approach women at Planned Parenthood. They said that procuring organs was not “an option,” it was “a demand.”  O’Donnell elaborated, “If there was a higher gestation, and the technicians needed it, there were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”

In fact, one time O’Donnell’s colleague told her she had to procure organs even if she couldn’t get the woman’s consent. She said, “You have to make sure you get her.” O’Donnell said, “I’m not going to tell a girl to kill her baby just to get money,” and that’s what this company does. Straight up. That’s what [Planned Parenthood] does.”