Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lexi Oliver Fretz, Mother of Baby at Center of Planned Parenthood Investigation, is Strongly Pro-Life

Leftists have gone on a lying spree in a desperate attempt to discredit and destroy the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the investigation of Planned Parenthood's baby-part harvesting operation, as well as the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, the organization which provided the footage of the baby kicking its foot in the video segment, "Human Capital - Episode 3."

Lots of leftist deception at Memeorandum, especially, Raw Story, "'This wasn't an abortion': CNN forces anti-Planned Parenthood group to admit Fiorina was wrong."

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Also at Fusion, "The latest anti-Planned Parenthood video uses an unrelated photo of a stillborn infant." And idiot asshole Scott Lemieux, at Lawyers, Guns, and Money, at Memeorandum, "Fake but Inaccurate."

The key to this deception is a selective account of views of the mother of the infant in "Human Capital -Episode 3," Lexi Oliver Fritz. All these far-left reports are claiming that Ms. Fretz didn't consent to the use of her son's image in the investigative videos, and the taping of the clip itself was allegedly illegal. What the despicable leftists are not reporting, because they can't, is that Ms. Fretz is strongly pro-life, and in fact has spoken with the relevant parties and does not object to the continued use of her deceased son's image in the investigative coverage.

See Live Action, "MSNBC’s attempt to tarnish undercover Planned Parenthood videos backfires." It's a long post, which includes an interview in which the mother indicates she didn't give consent for her son's image to be used, but then says she's fine with it now, and that she's strongly pro-life. At issue is an interview Ms. Fretz gave with Thomas Roberts yesterday at MSNBC, seen here, "MSNBC Got a Big Surprise While Pushing the Abortion Agenda." And as noted at the entry:
MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts interviewed Lexi Fretz, a photographer and mother who shared images of her son Walter, born prematurely at 19 weeks, on Facebook. One of the photos of Walter was used in a Center for Medical Progress video, depicting what a child at approximately 19-20 weeks looks like.

Lexi’s photos of her son have now saved countless lives and helped change people’s minds about abortion.

In an interview with Live Action in March, Fretz said:
For someone who survived so few minutes outside of me, he’s left such an impact, more than I ever could. For someone so tiny, he’s touched so many. I hope he keeps educating the world and the masses as to what the preborn looks like on the inside – that it’s not just a blob – it’s not a clump of cells.
But Roberts must not have been aware of this. He asked Fretz, “How do you feel about Walter’s picture being used to discredit Planned Parenthood?”

Fretz replied, “Well, my husband and I are actually extremely pro-life so we were a little shocked at first and surprised […] but we are extremely proud of our son and the path that the Lord has put us on, just to help. I mean, he has saved many, many unborn lives.”

Fretz then shared stories of people walking out of abortion appointments, or finally learning what a preborn child looks like thanks to Walter’s photographs. She also told Roberts – who kept referring to Walter as ‘stillborn’ – that Walter was born alive, with a beating heart, and lived for a few moments.

Roberts then said:
I know that Walter’s story is very precious for you and your family. This has been really distorted out of context in this larger political conversation. Have you felt betrayed in any way by Walter’s life being used and mischaracterized in such heavy — and in some ways mischaracterized political debates?
Fretz replied:
I was a little surprised at first. Not being directly asked. But at the same time, […] our lives are in God’s hands. Me and husband are trusting God and the ultimate perfect plan and if this is happening, we are trusting that He is going to take care of us and use Walter for His good.
Roberts again pressed Fretz, asking her if anyone from CMP reached out to ask for permission to use Walter’s image in the “anti-abortion video”. Fretz confirmed that no one had asked for permission. Roberts repeated again that no one from CMP had reached out to tell Fretz that CMP would be using Walter’s image to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Fretz confirmed this.

Then Roberts asked Fretz if she expects an apology from CMP and Fretz shocked him with her reply:
No. I have talked to them directly and we’ve cleared the air and my husband and I are fine that it’s being used.
That’s when Roberts ended the interview.

But the best moment from the interview with Fretz was her quote about being pro-life. She told Roberts, and all MSNBC viewers:
I just believe that every child should have a chance, a chance to be alive, to make a difference. We have so many little lives being lost and thrown away each day and I wish so much that my son was here. We miss him and the short time we had was precious with him. But I know his purpose; his purpose was to help to educate the world as to what a child really looks like. You know, you say fetus, baby, whatever you want to call it, he was very much alive. And I just believe that every, every little baby should have a chance.
As they say, context is everything.

And note, Ms. Fretz deceased son, Walter, is said to have been a premature baby, and thus was not in the stainless steel bowl as a part of a fetal harvesting operation. If that's so, then the Center for Medical Progress needs to correct the record.

Note further, though, that none of this changes the facts of the investigation at Planned Parenthood's Mar Monte mega-clinic, in San Jose, California. Technician Holly O'Donnell of StemExpress, the biotech company that partnered with Planned Parenthood in northern California, indicated in the videotape statement that she witnessed born-alive infants with hearts beating at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Further:
O’Donnell also tells how her StemExpress supervisor instructed her to cut through the face of the fetus in order to get the brain. “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. I can’t even describe what that feels like,” she says.
So, perhaps Carly Fiorina did not fully appreciate the totality of "Human Capital - Episode 3," particularly that the kicking infant was apparently not an aborted baby at a Planned Parenthood clinic. If so, it's unfortunate, since a reasonable mistake on Fiorina's part has become the foul fodder of a diabolical campaign of far-left deception to smear the investigators behind the Planned Parenthood investigation. It's especially unfortunate, because this debate is not the debate we should be having, which is whether the American public supports Planned Parenthood's genocidal program of extermination of society's most vulnerable. See, "PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC CUT THROUGH DEAD BABY’S FACE TO GET HIS INTACT BRAIN."

Still more at Memeorandum.

Photo Credit: Steve Ertelt, "BREAKING: House Votes Again to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Aborted Baby Parts."