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Blackburn Calls for HHS Investigation into StemExpress & Abortion Clinics

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Planned Parenthood HPPA, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts, stem Express with tags , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2016 by saynsumthn

Blackburn Calls for HHS Investigation into StemExpress & Abortion Clinics Cites evidence showing violations of HIPAA Privacy Rule and IRB Regulations

Washington, DC – Select Investigative Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate potential violations of federal law by StemExpress and a number of abortion clinics.

In a letter to the Office of Centralized Case Management Operations at HHS, Chairman Blackburn asks Director Jocelyn Samuels to examine evidence uncovered by the Select Panel’s investigation that shows StemExpress and the abortion clinics violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HIPAA privacy rule is a patients’ rights law, designed to empower the patient to determine when and where their private medical information will be disclosed.

The Select Panel’s investigation also shows that StemExpress violated federal regulations governing Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) by using the appearance of compliance with the regulations, while fraudulently using invalid consent forms, and misleading scientific researchers to believe it had a valid IRB approval. Misleading scientific researchers violates one of the core values of the IRB system, enacted by Congress to engender integrity in scientific medical research. As a result, Blackburn is asking HHS Office for Human Research Protections Director Jerry Menikoff to conduct a thorough investigation into whether StemExpress violated the applicable regulations; and, if any violation is found, to take all appropriate actions.

“The key to understanding the HIPAA and consent violations that we’ve referred to HHS is that there’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb,” Chairman Blackburn said. “The contract changes the way both entities view the young woman: her baby is now a profit-center. This betrayal of a young woman’s trust should disgust us all. It takes financial advantage, obtains consent through coercion, and deceives the woman, all in violation of federal privacy laws.”

Click HERE to read the letters and accompanying documents from Chairman Blackburn to HHS.

One Million Dollars for Planned Parenthood doc who wanted Lamborghini in baby parts scandal

Posted in Planned Parenthood 990, Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood Employee with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2016 by saynsumthn

Planned Parenthood abortionists Mary Gatter and Deborah Nucatola were outed by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) whose undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood’s gruesome baby parts operation. Ironically, they authored a research paper on Digoxin for inducing fetal death prior to second-trimester surgical abortion.

Mary Gatter Denorah Nucatola Planned Parenthood

Gatter was recorded telling Center for Medical Progress investigators that she wanted a Lamborghini. A look at Planned Parenthood’s compensation for Mary Gatter reveals that they paid her over ONE MILLION DOLLARS in less than 10 years for her work.

In the CMP video, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter told actors she thought were buyers from a Biotech company that she had check to with their abortionist, Ian about performing a “Less Crunchy” technique to obtain more “whole specimens.”

By the lunch’s end, Gatter suggests that their offer of $100 per specimen was not enough and then stated, “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”

A new Lamborghini can cost upwards $200,000 and as it turns out Gatter can afford one.

Thank you Mary Gatter

Below is a sample of the compensation they have received:

Mary Gatter is listed as the 2013-2014 Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.

BUT HER COMPENSATION CAME FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOS ANGELES –

2004 – $95,462 plus $13,058 in compensation

Mary Gatter 2004 PP LA

2007 $101,866 plus $7,376 in compensation

Mary Gatter Planned Parenthood LA 2007

2008 – $111,842

Mary Gatter 2008 PP LA

2009 – $233,478 plus $9557 in compensation

Mary Gatter 2009 PP LA

2011 $244,455 plus $4476 retirement compensation plus $11,920 non taxable benefits

Mary Gatter 2011 PP LA

2012 $140,605 plus $2992 in compensation

Mary Gatter 2012 PP LA

2013 $100,427 plus $1712 in compensation

Mary Gatter 2013 PP LA

Deborah Nucatola was also exposed by the Center for Medical Progress and she received compensation from PP in Los Angeles as well. She described to CMP investigators how she would crush above and crush below the desired body part of the preborn child she aborted.

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    “After completing my BS in Kinesiology at UW-Madison, I decided to go to medical school and planned to pursue orthopedic surgery. It was clear to me in medical school that I was attracted to the very hands-on, surgical specialties. But, by the end of my third year I was leaning in an entirely different direction. I completed medical school and did a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed by a Fellowship in Family Planning Clinical Care and Research at the University of Southern California and I am happy to share that I have been Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2009. I also continue to see patients.”

2006 $116,615

Deborah Nucatola 2006 Planned Parenthood LA

2007 – $203,180

Deborah Nucatola 2007 Planned Parenthood LA

Fetal tissue docs reveal history’s lessons weren’t learned regarding medical experiments on humans

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Center for Medical Progress, Nazi, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2016 by saynsumthn

E-mail evidence on the ghoulish Planned Parenthood baby parts investigations published by a national newspaper reminds us that there are profound lessons not learned in history. When America was confronted with the shocking Nazi medical experiments on the Jews, they were horrified. The media was especially engaged, attending the trials and publishing stories on a regular basis.

Nazi Medical Group on Trial

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

    Between 1939 and 1945, at least seventy medical research projects involving cruel and often lethal experimentation on human subjects were conducted in Nazi concentration camps. These projects were carried out by established institutions within the Third Reich and fell into three areas: research aimed at improving the survival and rescue of German troops; testing of medical procedures and pharmaceuticals; and experiments that sought to confirm Nazi racial ideology. More than seven thousand victims of such medical experiments have been documented. Victims include Jews, Poles, Roma (Gypsies), political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals, and Catholic priests.

Today, medical experiments using human babies are being carried out by established institutions like Planned Parenthood, Stem Express, and many Universities among others. And, just as in the days of the Jewish Holocaust, much of society is silent! The media is by and large ignoring the ongoing investigation into the marketing of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood. So, kudos to the New York Times who, in what appeared to be simple journalistic obligation and not outrage, chose to publish documents from the investigation. They included letters from members of Congress, letters from medical practitioners and email exchanges on tissue requests. The documents hidden inside the PDF upload would appear to be simple pieces of paper until you realize that what is being described on those pages is the dismembering and parceling of human babies.

One heavily redacted email from University of California, San Diego regarding human fetal tissue requests read in part:

    Next time you go to PP [short for Planned Parenthood], can you try to get pancreas as well as liver?

Planned Parenthood Pancreas baby parts abortion

The response:

    On Friday I’m going to PP and I will collect liver tissue…

Another reply:

    Great to hear that, I need a few more fetal pancreas samples…

In another document marked Exhibit 1, also heavily redacted so you cannot read who it is from, reads in part:

    We are now ready to include the skull if you could please include that in our order for tomorrow…

Ironically, that correspondence was dated January 21, 2015 one day prior to the date that memorializes that SCOTUS decision which legalized abortion.

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The investigation by a select Congressional panel follows an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress. The pro-life organization secretly recorded high ranking Planned Parenthood medical officials describing how they would obtain the parts of human babies and then sell them for research. In one exchange Planned Parenthood Federation Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, is heard describing how she will crush the parts above and below whatever the researchers request:

    The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part. …

    We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex. …

The document marked Exhibit B3 is an almost haunting reenactment of that description, reading:

The Calvarium [ fetal head] is mostly in tact with a tear up the back suture line, but all pieces look to be there.

    The limbs, one upper and one lower are totally in tact, with upper broken at the humerus, and on lower broken right above the knee…

Calvarium PLanned Parenthood baby parts

The horrifying nature of these documents represent a setback for humanity. It wasn’t that long ago when the revelations of medical experiments on humans by the Nazi’s garnered outrage from society. Following the discovery of Nazi experimental laboratories by allied forces, Nazi war crimes tribunals were held leading to the hanging of several Nazi offenders.

Image credit: PBS

Image credit: PBS

A review of those events documented by PBS, which has yet to condemn Planned Parenthood, reads:

    Researchers at Buchenwald concentration camp developed a method of individual execution by injecting Russian prisoners with phenol and cyanide. Experimenters also tested various poisons on the human body by secreting noxious chemicals in prisoners’ food or shooting inmates with poison bullets. Victims who did not die during these experiments were killed to allow the experimenters to perform autopsies.

Image credit: PBS

Image credit: PBS

    To learn if a limb or joint from one person could be successfully attached to another who had lost that limb or joint, experimenters at Ravensbruck amputated legs and shoulders from inmates in useless attempts to transplant them onto other victims. They also removed sections of bones, muscles, and nerves from prisoners to study regeneration of these body parts. Victims suffered excruciating pain, mutilation, and permanent disability as a result.

A series of Nazi letters transcribed by the Jewish Virtual Library are as follows:

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In his 1999 Chicago Tribune review of the documentary “Healing by Killing” John Petrakis, he warns us how easy it is for doctors to use experimentation to bend the Hippocratic Oath, writing:

    this sobering documentary, which is based on the book “The Nazi Doctors” by American psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton (who also provides some vital onscreen narration), should serve as a terrible reminder to doctors around the world just how easy it is to bend the Hippocratic oath.

James Bowman, Resident Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, summarized the film this way:

    It is perhaps not too much to say that “It was the doctors who paved the way for the holocaust. . .It was medical ideology which led to Hitler and the Nazis,” since there is no reason to suppose that medical ideology is any more benign than the other ideologies which have killed so many in our century. But there is a particularly worrying aspect to any ideology that finds it so easy to stake a claim to “scientific” respectability. It is well to remember that, as Lifton recalls, “We [doctors] are descended from Shamans” and other primitive practitioners of sorcery and magic, so that people are in awe of our “magical powers to kill or heal.” That is why, he says, the Hippocratic oath is full of warnings against doing harm— “as if they knew doctors could be dangerous.”

These lessons not learned from history are a blight on our society. This time, instead of condemning the atrocities against humans, they are being deliberately swept under the rug and labeled innocent “medical research.” The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth!

NEW CMP Vid: Planned Parenthood’s Fraudulent “Consent” Form to get Aborted Baby Parts

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Cecile Richards, Center for Medical Progress, IRB, Planned Parenthood consent form, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2016 by saynsumthn

Meanwhile David Daleiden, lead investigator for the Center for Medical Progress has released this statement:

Tuesday, the California Attorney General’s office of Kamala Harris, who was elected with tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood, seized all video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s criminal trade in aborted baby parts, in addition to my personal information. Ironically, while seizing my First Amendment work product, they ignored documents showing the illicit scheme between StemExpress and Planned Parenthood. This is no surprise–Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG has steadfastly refused to enforce the law against the baby body parts traffickers in our state, or even investigate them–while at the same time doing their bidding to harass and intimidate citizen journalists. We will pursue all remedies to vindicate our First Amendment rights.

UNM Doubles Down on Preventing The Truth From Coming Out About Their Abortion Involvement

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Center for Medical Progress, Protest ABQ with tags , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2016 by saynsumthn

Life Ministries has released the following:

The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has issued 12 additional subpoenas to fetal tissue procurement organizations who continue to refuse full compliance with the panels investigation into the practice of fetal tissue harvesting and the use of the remains in research. According to the NY Times, “Committee investigators say they have uncovered evidence of possible illegal profiteering, questionable consent forms and inappropriate collusion between scientists seeking fetal tissue and abortion providers.”

Three new subpoenas come to New Mexico focused on individuals at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options. The subpoenas ask for information such as: studies, research or experiments that individuals have participated in, the number and type of fetal tissue obtained from Southwestern Women’s Options, personnel that procured tissue from SWO and documents proving benefits or compensation for providing fetal tissue.

UNM as a publicly funded institution bears the responsibility of transparency, yet, at every turn they avoid accountability and fight to keep the truth from being exposed about how deeply entrenched their radical abortion agenda is. Whether through our and other pro-life attempts to obtain public records or congressional attempts, UNM just doubles down and is petrified about the consequences of allowing even basic facts about their abortion involvement from seeing the light of day.

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Bud Shaver, executive director of Protest ABQ issued the following statement,

    “Just this week, we mailed postcards into Albuquerque neighborhoods because we believe the community deserves to know who is responsible for UNM’s radical abortion agenda they are funding with their tax dollars. Of all of the postcards that we have dropped over the past five years, we had to battle to get this one out. UNM tried to prevent the post office from mailing out our postcards. UNM wields a mighty hand over local businesses and our printer was weary about completing the order for us after being notified by the post office that UNM was attempting to block our postcard from going out but Tara did what she does best and had the post office directly email our printer once all the legal issues were resolved and clarified. Here is what the post office said to our printer, ‘Our legal department says we cannot refuse the mailing if it is brought to us as long it is properly prepared and paid for.’ Free speech trumps UNM and their strangle hold over the truth from reaching the community. This is clearly a battle over hearts and minds and that is why we fight so hard…and never back down.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn says it best in her statement after issuing this new round of subpoenas,

    “The Select Investigative Panel is working in a thoughtful and thorough manner to find the facts about what exactly is going on at these abortion businesses and procurement organizations. Unfortunately, some of these organizations have so redacted documents — even after being subpoenaed — that it is impossible for us to get the complete picture of what is actually going on. Others have refused to produce documents required under previous subpoenas, and have threatened to withhold additional subpoenaed information.There should be no resistance to letting all the facts come out — but some abortion supporters seem to be clearly rattled with basic facts coming to light. Therefore, in the interest of completing our investigation pursuant to H. Res. 461, we will continue to issue subpoenas when necessary to ensure information can be gathered in a timely fashion.”


Some claim that aborted fetal tissue harvesting is necessary to make strides in medical research and defend the use of aborted fetal cells in vaccines. We maintain the position that utilizing and capitalizing on the death and body parts of innocent children for any reason is immoral and unethical and should therefore cease immediately.

Life Ministries U.S. is an Umbrella Non-Profit Organization that includes: Protest ABQ, Pro-Life Witness, and Protest ChildKilling

Supeonas are linked here:

Mar 30, 2016Letter

Biomedical Research Institute of America

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To read a related press release, click here.

Planned Parenthood: we usually compress the [baby’s] head

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Aborted baby born alive, Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by saynsumthn

In yet another shocking video release by pro-life investigative journalists, a Planned Parenthood abortion doctor is again speaking about the selling of aborted baby body parts. The latest release by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), highlights a conversation they held with Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Medical Director Dr. Jennefer Russo, who performs abortions up to 24 weeks, earning nearly $300,000 annually according to a 2013 990.

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The pro-life undercover journalists posing as a for-profit fetal tissue company confirmed that Planned Parenthood was working with the for-profit biotech company, Da Vinci Biosciences, to harvest the organs of aborted fetuses to sell nationally and internationally. They also discovered that the relationship between Planned Parenthood and Da Vinci Biosciences, LLC, and its sister company, DV Biologics, LLC dated back years uncovering a document which showed how they contributed to the abortion business as far back as 2008.

Invoices obtained by CMP reveal that critical organs harvested from babies aborted by Planned Parenthood bring the Biotech company hundreds of dollars per “specimen.”

DaVinci Planned Parenthood sells baby parts

The conversation transcript below between CMP, posing as a buyer of fetal tissue, and Dr. Jennifer Russo of Planned Parenthood, reveals DaVinci was their procurement company:

BUYER: Robert Sarkis with BioMax we do fetal tissue procurement.
PP: Oh, okay.
BUYER:So the problem we’ve been having is that pretty much all the California affiliates are already partnered up with a tissue procurement service.
PP: okay
BUYER:So Deborah has said you guys are working with a private biotech in Irving or something- I don’t know.
PP: Yeah – its DaVinci.

As the discussion progresses more information is revealed including how DaVinci takes “the whole specimen” i.e. aborted preborn baby, because, as the Planned Parenthood abortionist details to CMP, they are not using digoxin, the chemical used as feticide in later 2nd-trimester abortions to kill the fetus and prevent a live birth. Russo suggests that the reason they do not use the chemical is “because of a nationwide shortage of dig[oxin, feticide].”

Jennifer Russo Planned Parenthood

BUYER: do they [DaVinci] take the whole specimen though?
PP:Yeah. They take the whole specimen and they, it’s only certain gestations – like – no dig[oxin, feticide], only certain gestational ages because of the dig I think.
BUYER: Yeah.
PP: And then normally their staff will come get it…

The two also discuss the process of converting the “fetus” to breech and the use of guided ultrasound in the removal of the baby. This method was discussed in detail in the first CMP undercover video, with Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. In that conversation the Planned Parenthood medical director described a procedure which CMP suggested sounded eerily similar to an illegal partial birth abortion.

When asked about using this same procedure to harvest more intact body parts, Orange County’s Russo confesses, “Yeah, we like to do that too.”

Planned Parenthood later asks the CMP “buyer” what gestational ages he is looking for and he tells them “anything 16 weeks and above.”

PP: “You’re looking ideally for an intact specimen?”
Buyer: “As intact as possible…”

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Russo indicates to CMP how they prefer to compress the baby’s head during the abortion. Once again, you can listen as the Planned Parenthood abortionist casually discusses how they kill the preborn child and obtain their “specimens”:

BUYER: So, about your larger case, you said sometimes, you’re converting to breech beforehand and then, are those coming out fairly intact, or what is that?
PP: We usually do like a compress the calvarium [head] and then –
BUYER: But it is breech first? So you’re getting like the whole thoracic [chest] cavity?
PP: That’s pretty rare.
BUYER: Oh its rare.
PP: We don’t usually have that much dilation to be able to do that. But, when we do we do.
BUYER: When you can you do.
PP: Yeah.
BUYER: And when that happens do you get a pretty intact specimen or what would you say?
PP: Yeah. But the calvarium [head] is not intact.
BUYER: That’s the tricky part the calvarium [head]. That’s what Deborah had told us that sometimes that’s something that can contribute a lot to getting more intact specimens is if you’re converting to breech beforehand and then you have dilation as the case goes on, and so then even in that case you can sometimes get an intact cal[varium] and everything.
PP: I think most of us have trained to not have fully intact specimens.
BUYER: Oh you’re purposely trying like not to. Yeah.
PP: Even though we use dig et cetera, but that’s how we were trained. So, it happens sometimes but its pretty rare.
BUYER: Yeah that’s where it gets tricky.
PP: Right. But we try.

In their release, CMP suggests that when the abortionist uses ultra sound guidance and resulting in an intact fetus to satisfy the requirements of their procurement company, it could be possible that in some cases the child could be born alive:

“Without a feticidal procedure like digoxin, it is possible for a fetus extracted intact during an abortion to be born alive.” they state.

Citizens protest Planned Parenthood fetal procurement company Stem Express

Posted in Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts, stem Express with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2015 by saynsumthn

California citizens horrified by Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby parts are regularly protesting their procurement company, StemExpress. Over the summer, the Center for Medical Progress began releasing undercover video evidence showing Planned Parenthood staffers haggling over organs procured from babies the tax funded organization aborted. Then CMP shocked Americans further when they released an interview they did with a former StemExpress procurement technician detailing how she was ordered to cut through the face of a live baby in order to obtain the required brain tissue.

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As America reeled from what they were seeing in the CMP vids, so did the citizens of Placerville where StemExpress is located. In response, several groups of citizens took it up themselves to protest outside Stem Express and expose their baby harvesting connection to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. One of those protesters described Placerville as a quiet small town in need of jobs. Marcia Brim noted that when Stem Express came into their city the citizens had no idea what the fetal research company was all about.

Marcia Brim

Marcia Brim

“Nobody was more astounded by what was happening in our back yard than the people of Placerville. Our county doesn’t even have an abortion clinic,” Marcia said.

According to Marcia, before she saw the CMP videos she had never taken part in a protest. Now, she said she has been protesting outside Stem Express two to three days a week for several months. “A lot of us have never protested anything like this before. That is my story. I prayed for the others but never did it myself,” Marcia said. “What David and CMP did has made a huge difference in our lives and we are very grateful for what he has brought to light,” she added.

Marcia said that protesters have received a very positive response. “On the sidewalk we have people who walk or drive by and it is overwhelmingly apparent that the citizens of Placerville support their protests,” she stated.

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Robbie Jeremica agrees stating that he has spent every Wednesday in front of Stem Express for the past 12 weeks where he observed that most of the responses from those who drive or walk by have been positive. He and his Chrissy call their ability to expose what is going on a, “blessing” because, as he explained they are, “a voice for the unborn.” Robbie said he prays for those who disagree with him because they, “cannot see truth because they are blinded by the darkness without Christ in their hearts.”

Laura Ellis joined the protests along with her children. She was so upset about what Stem Express did that she penned a letter to the editor which read in part:

    “We are some of the women and children standing outside of Stem Express…We’re writing this letter to share the heart behind the signs you see many of us holding…We find the profit from and research of aborted baby’s body parts to be a devastating aspect of the industry…It is our hope and prayer that as people are faced with the reality of the horrors of abortion, it will cause them to see how terrible all sin is and how desperately they need a Savior.”

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Pastor Nick Triveri from Calvary Chapel Placerville, who also attends the demonstrations, said he has observed a loving response by the Christians who are taking a stand, “I am blessed by the Jesus like attitude all have displayed, and done so with love and boldness so as to stand for what is right, and for the innocent lives that are not only sacrificed on the altar of choice, but are being marketed for profit,” he said. “It is tragic that those standing for what is right, good, wholesome, and respectful of God given life are often painted as radicals, nuisances, or obstructionist. I thank God for all who are willing to stand and be a witness of the Lord against such heinous acts that have become so commonly accepted and condoned. If the eyes of just one person are opened, or just one child is saved by their witness and testimony it will all be worth it.”

Marcia detailed the beginning of the Stem Express protests when a small group of concerned citizens organized on Facebook with the intent of educating their community about Stem Express. Their first post from July read:

    “the notion that such a practice would be going on within a company that have locations here in our town, is reason enough to speak up about our thoughts on the matter. For the most part Placerville and the El Dorado Foothills communities are tight-nit and conservative in their views. This is not the Bay Area.”

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That Facebook group was started by Lisa Hart and another Placerville citizen after they became aware of StemExpress’ involvement with Planned Parenthood. She contacted Misty Tienken to help organize the protests. Mary said that she wanted to focus on Stem Express’ practice of harvesting baby parts as well as potential illegal activity. Lisa said that within days of creating the People Protesting StemExpress Facebook page they had hundreds of followers, noting “I knew I had to take immediate action.”

By August 3, 2015 that group held their first protest receiving coverage from local media. On the 4th the group posted that they had received several thank you messages from people for “bringing awareness.” Then, by August 5th they discovered another group had planned to protest the abortion procurement company as well.

Stem Express Lisa Hart

“We’re trying to say stop this practice or get out of Placerville,” Lisa told News10. “We don’t condone this in our town. We don’t want this in our town.

By the 7th of August there were protests being organized in front of Stem Express on Mondays and then on Wednesdays. And by August 22nd those opposed to Stem Express were expressing their objections every Saturday. In no time, citizen groups unconnected to the Facebook People Protesting Stem Express group were so horrified that they also came out.

Hart said that shortly after the media covered their protests they received news that StemExpress had “cut ties” with Planned Parenthood. The Placerville resident said that in addition to the public outreaches, the group has requested that the Board of Supervisors audits Stem Express for alleged violations. In addition, they have contacted the local El Dorado County Sheriff’s department and demanded an investigation of the fetal tissue procurement company.

When the Center for Medical Progress videos flooded the media, Beth Mora said that she was shocked, “StemExpress was clearly identified as a company that bought and sold parts of babies. As horrible as that notion is, I stopped in my tracks for another reason. I recognized the buildings in the film. The scenery behind the reporter was my peaceful little rural town, Placerville, California,” she told Saynsumthn.

“Stem Express is part of a row of quaint buildings between our town’s beloved Buttercup Pantry and the Council of Arts building. The films made the pit in my stomach churn,” she added.

Beth Mora Stem Express

It was shortly after that when she saw an e-mail from Marcia Brim encouraging her to take a stand and she has been in front of Stem Express most Fridays thereafter, “Our presence says to our community-What is happening here is a crime of the worst proportion…Our sleepy rural town has awakened to what is happening just off of Main Street…The abortion industry forges black chain links with the hot red fires of blind passion. Sparks fly and black powder soot scatters with each smite of the pro-abortion campaign hammer. If standing on a sidewalk can weaken one link, then stand I will…I’m honored to chisel away at one link, a link that happens to live in my neighborhood,” she stated.


Marcia has been documenting her encounters outside Stem Express and is planning to publish them in a blog. She said that when she heard about the pickets in front of Stem Express she immediately contacted over 300 people she knew from a group she was involved with. She said people were grateful to have a way to speak up and the response has been tremendous. According to Marcia at three pastors have joined the protests already along with a variety of citizens from varying denominations and a number of citizens with no religious affiliation at all.

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“What started in Placerville wasn’t an exclusively Christian or pro-life effort, it was an effort of local citizens saying Not in my back yard,”

(Image credit: Screen grab from News10 report and People Protesting Stem Express Facebook page.)