Boehner Aide, Sister of CEO Who Discussed Shipping ‘Intact’ Aborted Baby Parts, Resigns to Join Lobbying Firm

Michael W. Chapman | August 22, 2015 | 2:48pm EDT
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Charlotte Ivancic, outgoing health policy adviser to House

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and sister of Cate Dyer, 

the founder and CEO of StemExpress in Placerville, Calif. 

(Photo: Twitter/screenshot)


( – Charlotte Ivancic -- the older sister of Cate Dyer who runs the biotech company StemExpress, and who discussed and laughed about shipping “intact” aborted baby parts in an undercover video released on Friday – is leaving her position as the health policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go to work for the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young.

The resignation of Ivancic--who worked for Boehner and as legal counsel to the House Budget Committee–was announced on August 5, as reported in The Hill.  

In late July, StemExpress and its founder and CEO, Cate Dyer, were mentioned in undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization.   

StemExpress obtained a temporary restraining order on July 28 against the release of any further investigative videos, but that order was lifted on Aug. 21 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell.  

After the restraining order was lifted,  the Center for Medical Progress released a new video (on Aug. 21) that includes footage of a luncheon meeting with StemExpress’ Cate Dyer and the investigators who discuss how the procurement, supply, and shipping of aborted baby parts and their tissue operates.

In the video, Dyer says, “Oh, yeah, I mean if you had intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety.”  Then, later in the conversation she says, “Yeah! [laughter] Tell the lab it’s coming! … They’ll open the box, go, ‘Oh God!’ [laughter].”


full transcript of the conversation between Dyer and the other people at the meeting is posted by the Center for Medical Progress here.

According to Cate Dyer’s bio at Sacramento State University, “She was born Catherine Anne Spears (she changed her name to Dyer when she married) in Long Beach. Her father, Richard Spears, opened Mercedes-Benz dealerships around the country for 30 years and moved his family frequently; Dyer had attended 17 schools by age 16. Her mother, Martha Wildforster-James, was an executive with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

“And her older sister, Charlotte Ivancic, works as the legal counsel [sic] for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. ‘I had two busy parents growing up,’ says Dyer. ‘They were both movers and shakers, and my sister and I are wired just like them.’”  

Charlotte Ivancic was the health policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and a legal counsel to the House Budget Committee, which is headed by Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.).  

On her Linkedin page, Ivancic is still listed as “Counsel at U.S. House of Representatives House Budget Committee.” 

In a statement cited by The Hill,  Boehner said of Ivancic’s pending departure, “Charlotte has spearheaded some of our most significant accomplishments on behalf of the American people. She is one of the best I’ve seen at bringing people together to find common ground, and she leaves Boehnerland with the deepest respect — and best wishes — of her peers as well as lawmakers from both parties.” 

Tarplin, Downs & Young was established in 2006. It specializes “in strategic consulting and policy development with a particular focus on health care,” according to its web site. 

Among the clients of Tarplin, Downs & Young are Merck, Pfizer Inc., PhRMA, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., and the AARP. 

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