A self-proclaimed “pro-life Spider-Man” scaled the 52-story, 721-foot New York Times building Thursday morning and hung up two banners condemning abortion, according to police sources and his Instagram page.
The climber – Maison DesChamps, who chronicled his expedition on the Pro-Life Spider-Man Instagram page – appeared to have started scaling the building on Eighth Avenue near West 40th Street around 5 a.m., the sources said .
On his way up, DesChamps hung two banners on the sixth or seventh floor, according to his sources.
One, hung vertically, is blue, about 5 feet by 10 feet, and reads, “ABORTION KILLS MORE THAN 911 EVERY WEEK!”
Another, hung horizontally, is white and about 7ft by 4ft, with a picture of a fetus and calling out a certain doctor whom he accuses of “killing that baby”.
Police officials confirmed that they were informed about two banners hanging on the building on the subject of abortion.
“Hey Instagram, I put up my banners,” DesChamps said in an Instagram clip. “Nobody seems to be home that early, but they’ll like my banner, I can tell you that.”
“I’m pretty high up, about halfway I’d say, maybe, I don’t know,” he said. “But damn, I think I’ll make it to the boss level before they find out I’m up here. Nobody has seen me yet. Kinda cool.
“Oh yes, the city that never sleeps,” DesChamps said in another clip as the camera panned the pre-dawn cityscape. “Well, sleep on it.”
When the climber got to the top, police sources say he climbed all the way down the stairs.
“It’s a lot easier if they let you down in the elevator, I can tell you that,” he said in another clip. “The thing with the stairs is difficult. I am tired.”
“I’ll be pissed if I run down all these stairs and they’re waiting for me at the bottom,” he added. “This is going to suck.”
But nobody was waiting for him and the police could not confirm any arrests until the afternoon.
“While we fully support an individual’s right to voice his or her point of view, this was an illegal and dangerous act,” Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Just two days ago, DesChamps climbed the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco — the tallest skyscraper in California, at 1,070 feet and 61 stories, KABC reported.
DesChamps, a 22-year-old senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, told the outlet his goal is to raise $1 million to support anti-abortion charities and “save lives.” How much money he was able to raise is unclear.
“These doctors literally kill these babies on the table and let them die,” he told the outlet. “We’re not trying to yell at women who want an abortion, we don’t want to blame them … we just want them to know there are other options.”
He said he had been planning the rise for a month, but the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision bringing Roe v. Wade would tip gave him extra motivation.
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