Both StemExpress and Planned Parenthood were audaciously confident when the Center for Medical Progress began releasing damning video and document evidence that both companies have been illegally operating in the realm of fetal organ harvesting for years. Planned Parenthood has flippantly refused to testify at congressional and state-level investigations into these activities, and until now StemExpress remained snugly tucked into bed next to the abortion giant.
When a CNN anchor mentioned to CMP director David Daleiden that StemExpress claims there is no financially profitable relationship between the two companies, Daleiden responded: “I think it's really cute that they have their stories straight and that they're covering up for each other.” Indeed, StemExpress and Planned Parenthood were clearly reading from the same page of talking points throughout the initial uproar over revelations about their shady partnership. But the cozy relationship came to a dramatic halt last week when StemExpress dropped the following bomb:
“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. 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.”
To emphasize: StemExpress is cutting ties as a direct result of CMP shedding light on their internal operations, and the company regrets the parting of ways because of their business relationship with Planned Parenthood. No acknowledgment of actual wrongdoing in sight. The future of StemExpress may stand on tenuous ground.
Tellingly, the news of StemExpress dropping Planned Parenthood comes in tandem with a California Superior Court’s dissolution of a temporary restraining order (TRO) which StemExpress obtained against the CMP in late July. Terrified of the footage in the CMP’s possession – in which Daleiden says StemExpress states that Planned Parenthood ships fully intact fetal cadavers to their lab – StemExpress was initially successful in blocking the CMP from expressing their First Amendment rights. But the Superior Court says that StemExpress’ claim that the footage was unlawfully obtained was not a valid reason to block the dissemination of the material.
There is a strong possibility that the public will be able to view StemExpress’ leadership making these admission on-camera very soon now that the TRO has been removed. There is also a strong possibility that the National Abortion Federation, another organization which convinced an activist judge to block the CMP from releasing damning footage, will face the same fate.