Former Clinic Worker: Holly O’Donnell

A woman who briefly worked at Planned Parenthood tells her story:

“I was looking to help the public. I mean I’m looking to make blood draws easy for children, for people. I’m very passionate about people I find myself. I’m very humane. I’m very sensitive. I thought I was just going to be drawing blood, not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses.

I basically just went on Craig’s List, typed in the word phlebotomist lab technician and I clicked a link to apply, it said procurement technician. I went to the website, it said ‘StemExpress’ and ‘Apply Now.’ I applied, it was really short, it wasn’t even an application, it was your name, your phone number, that was it. And I got an e-mail back and I interviewed and they don’t even let you know in the interview what you’re doing.

StemExpress is a company that hires procurement techs to draw blood and dissect dead fetuses and sell the parts to researchers. They partner with Planned Parenthood and they get part of the money, cuz we pay them to use their facilities and they get paid from it. They do get some kind of benefit.

16 weeks
16 weeks

… and I look over in the corner and there’s a little–it’s a little light tray with pie dishes on it. I’m like ‘hm, okay,’ And then I see someone come in with a–a bottle of something, and there was blood in it. And I’m like ‘okay’ and then they went over to the sink, and they emptied it out in a strainer, and put it on the pie dish and lit it up and I’m looking like what’s going on and my trainer comes over and she puts on gloves and she grabs some–some tweezers and she’s picking the parts away from the vaginal tissue and I’m–I’ve never had anxiety before this, at all, so I’m looking, I don’t know what’s going on. I had no idea that this was what was going to be happening, especially my first day.

8 weeks
8 weeks

And she’s uh, she’s literally–she has tweezers and she’s like ‘okay, well this is the head, this is the arm, this is a leg, and she hands them over and she goes okay, here you go, can you show me some of the parts I just showed you?’ And I grabbed the tweezers and I’m like–cuz I didn’t want to lose this job–I didn’t know–I was… stoked to get it–so I did what she said. And the moment I took the tweezers, I put them in the dish, I remember grabbing the leg, and I said ‘this is the leg,’ and the moment I picked it up, I could just feel like death and pain–like I’ve never felt that before, like shoot up, through my body, and I started to–I blacked out, basically.

They got the smelling–the smelling salt. Woke up in the recovery room and lookin’ around. I was really embarrassed, you know, who faints at their first job. And one of the nurses looks at me and is like ‘oh, new, you’re new huh?’ And I’m like ‘yeah.’ ‘Don’t worry, it still happens to a bunch of us.’ I’m like ‘really?’ And she’s like ‘yes, some of us don’t ever get over it.’ And I remember leaving that day like ‘what have I gotten myself into?’


They weren’t looking for a compassionate individual, at all. They were just looking for someone who could get as much money, as many samples. I think that’s why they were interested in me, as a phlebotomist, ’cause I can draw quick, so I think that they looked at that and they wanted someone who could get the numbers up.”


REBECCA DOWNS “Ex-technician speaks out in latest video from Center for Medical Progress” Live Action News JUL 29, 2015

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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