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.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN for Politico:
“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.”
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The Hill Reports:
The company had helped facilitate fetal tissue donation with one Planned Parenthood clinic. Nationwide, three Planned Parenthood affiliates in two states allow patients to donate fetal tissue for medical research, according to a statement by the group.
Stem Express is the first company to cut ties with the group.
A representative for Planned Parenthood declined to confirm the report, and Stem Express did not return requests for comment.
Both organizations deny any wrongdoing, describing the fetal tissue program as part of a life-saving medical process.
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