Anti-abortion protester is arrested after scaling skyscraper in LANovember 29, 2022
Pro-life Spiderman strikes again! Anti-abortion protester is arrested after scaling 54 story Ritz-Carlton skyscraper in LA to unfurl banner blasting terminations
- Maison Des Champs, 22, climbed a skyscraper in Los Angeles on Tuesday
- It was part of a stunt to protest against abortion, he said during the climb
- The so-called Pro-life Spiderman does not use a harness or ropes during climbs
- He has already climbed buildings in Oklahoma, San Francisco and New York City
- The LAPD arrested him as he reached the top and said he had a ‘mental illness’
A 22 year-old anti-abortion protester dubbed Pro-life Spiderman has been arrested after successfully scaling the 54-story Ritz Carlton skyscraper in Los Angeles.
Maison Des Champs ascended the glass-fronted on Tuesday morning and was met at the top by police and fireman who took him into custody at 9.30am, the LAPD said.
LAPD put out a statement after his arrest claiming that he was suffering from a ‘mental illness’ and was ‘receiving treatment’.
As was the case during previous stunts, Des Champs did not use a harness or ropes. Members of the fire brigade therefore set up inflatable safety cushions on the street in the event of him falling.
After the draft Supreme court judgement overturning Roe v. Wade leaked earlier this year Des Champs started free climbing skyscrapers to raise money and awareness for his cause.
Police said that he was charged with a trespassing which applies to ‘entering or remaining on someone else’s property without permission or a right to do so’.
The so-called Pro-life Spiderman climbed the 54-story Ritz Hilton building in LA on Tuesday morning, without ropes or harnesses
As was the case during previous stunts, Des Champs did not use a harness or ropes
Maison Des Champs, 22, was met by police and firemen when he reached the top of the tower
The fire brigade set up inflatable safety cushions on the street to catch the climber in case he were to have fallen
Des Champs recorded a video during the climb explaining his motivations
During his ascent Des Champs put up a banner for a Pro-life charity that provides financial support to women considering terminating a pregnancy.
He also uploaded a video on social media to explain that he was raising money for a particular woman he claims planned to have an abortion, only to be persuaded to do otherwise. ‘We need to help her pay her rent and help her fix her car so she can get to work and save her baby from abortion,’ he said in the video.
‘Sometimes it’s that easy that all they need is a little bit of financial support and they are willing to choose life,’ he added.
Des Champs has made a name for himself in climbing tall buildings across the United States. Those include 50-story Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City in June and the 60-storey Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.
He also climbed the New York Times building just one day after he was released by police in San Francisco. For that stunt he appears to have not been arrested.
The LAPS put out a tweet claiming that Des Champs had a ‘mental illness’ and was ‘receiving treatment’
Police said that he was charged with a trespassing which applies to ‘entering or remaining on someone else’s property without permission or a right to do so’
Des Champs has made a name for himself in climbing tall buildings across the United States
On his website, Des Champs describes himself as an experienced rock climber, and says he’s been motivated to climb to raise funds for the anti-abortion movement after a draft leaked of the Roe v. Wade decision.
He says it is far easier to climb skyscrapers than regular rock faces, because their ridges are wider and deeper than those found on cliffs.
In June, months after he began staging the stunts the legislation was officially overturned.
Des Champs wrote on his website that he wanted to climb the towers to ‘put a doctor behind bars,’ as well as raise at least $1million for charities advocating for women who are pro-life.
Des Champs claimed to be raising money for a group that campaigns against abortion
WHAT IS ROE V. WADE?
The Roe v. Wade decision nearly 50 years ago recognized that the right to personal privacy under the US Constitution protects a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decided that the constitutional right to privacy applied to abortion.
Roe was ‘Jane Roe,’ a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey, a single mother pregnant for the third time, who wanted an abortion.
She sued the Dallas attorney general Henry Wade over a Texas law that made it a crime to terminate a pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life was in danger.
Roe’s lawyers said she was unable to travel out of the state to obtain an abortion and argued that the law was too vague and infringed on her constitutional rights.
Filing a complaint alongside her was Texas doctor James Hallford, who argued the law’s medical provision was vague, and that he was unable to reliably determine which of his patients fell into the allowed category.
The ‘Does’, another couple who were childless, also filed a companion complaint, saying that medical risks made it unsafe but not life-threatening for the wife to carry a pregnancy to term, and arguing they should be able to obtain a safe, legal abortion should she become pregnant.
The trio of complaints – from a woman who wanted an abortion, a doctor who wanted to perform them and a non-pregnant woman who wanted the right if the need arose – ultimately reached the nation’s top court.
The court heard arguments twice, and then waited until after Republican president Richard Nixon’s re-election, in November 1972.
Only the following January did it offer its historic seven-to-two decision – overturning the Texas laws and setting a legal precedent that has had ramifications in all 50 states.
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