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StemExpress Cuts Ties with Planned Parenthood

This seems significant. Via Politico:

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, sources tell POLITICO.

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 tissue for medical research with a patient’s consent.

StemExpress, a five-year-old company based in Placerville, Calif., notified Planned Parenthood and Congress Friday of its decision to end the relationship, the source said. The House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Judiciary committees had asked StemExpress to explain its relationship with Planned Parenthood.

When the Daily Signal published the names of 41 Planned Parenthood corporate donors, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., and Xerox all vehemently denied any affiliation. They requested their names be removed from Planned Parenthood’s website, but the abortion provider subsequently removed the list entirely. It’s not clear why exactly StemExpress is cutting ties, but could it be that Planned Parenthood is acquiring a stigma?

Because abortion is a cornerstone of its larger project of sexual liberation, it will be defended tooth and nail. But perhaps the recent videos are proving that its cultural purchase is not invulnerable.

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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