StemExpress Divorces Planned Parenthood

StemExpress doesn’t think it is good to be associated with Planned Parenthood now that videos are being released.

StemExpress made headlines a few days ago by taking the Center for Medical Progress to court to get the video footage of their executives banned from being released. They later made headlines when they attempted to get access to the videos but the judge sided with the Center for Medical Progress.

Now they are making more headlines, like this one at Politico.com: “Human tissue firm cuts ties with Planned Parenthood after videos.”

StemExpress, one of the tissue companies that works with Planned Parenthood, is cutting its ties with the women’s health organization after a series of sting videos that have prompted congressional inquiries.

“We value our various partnerships but, due to the increased questions that have arisen over the past few weeks, we feel it prudent to terminate activities with Planned Parenthood,” the company said in a statement. “While we value our business relationship with Planned Parenthood, that work represents a small percentage of our overall business activity and we must focus our limited resources on resolving these inquiries.”

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.

Both StemExpress and Planned Parenthood have denied doing anything illegal or improper. They say that they only facilitated the donation of fetal tissue for medical research with a patient’s consent.

Why would StemExpress believe they are better off without Planned Parenthood? The most obvious possibility is that they have decided Planned Parenthood is so big that it attracts media or pro-life attention. Interest in Planned Parenthood brings with it interest in their company because they have a commercial relationship with Planned Parenthood.

But I wonder if there is more going on.

StemExpress bought fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. Some of the videos raise the suspicion that Planned Parenthood was altering what they would normally do in order to have “intact” organs to sell.

Obviously, StemExpress wanted tissue and was happy to buy it from Planned Parenthood. But perhaps they never really thought about whether Planned Parenthood was encouraging abortions in order to sell tissue. Now, however, they are confronted with the possibility that Planned Parenthood may have been manipulating women in order to get the most desired “intact specimens.”

Whatever might be the truth behind this move, it is more evidence that the culture’s view of Planned Parenthood is changing.