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A man climbed San Francisco's Salesforce Tower in an apparent protest against abortion rights

May 4, 2022, 09:44 IST
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Man scales Salesforce tower.San Francisco Fire Department
  • Politico published a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft on Monday that would dismantle Roe v. Wade.
  • On Tuesday, a man completely scaled Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, per ABC News in San Francisco.

On Tuesday, a man was arrested after free-climbing the 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower in San Francisco to raise money for anti-abortion-rights causes, according to the San Francisco ABC television affiliate.

What looks to be the climber's Instagram account shows a video that seems to have been taken mid-climb, from a dizzying height upon the tower.

ABC 7 said the man "has been identified" as someone calling himself Maison Des Champs, the "Pro Life Spiderman" -- whose apparent Instagram account provided some potential clues as to his reasoning for the climb.

In the apparent video's caption, the climber writes that he was undertaking the climb to protest abortion and specifically Dr. Cesare Santangelo, an obstetrician in Washington DC.

He seems to be referring to a doctor who is notorious among those opposed to abortion rights, per the National Catholic Register, which called Santangelo a "a known late-term abortionist."


In 2013, a group released a video that they claimed showed Santangelo expressing a willingness to let a baby die if it was born alive after a failed abortion, according to ABC 7 News.

In April, an anti-abortion-rights group obtained remains of aborted fetuses and claimed they were linked to Santangelo and that there was evidence the babies had been aborted illegally, per the National Catholic Register.

Police confiscated the remains and said that the babies seem to have been aborted "in accordance with D.C. law," per the AP.

Police officers responded to the Salesforce Tower area shortly before 9:30 am PDT, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"This person is placing firefighters lives and the publics safety at risk. AVOID THE AREA and join us in condemning this action," the San Francisco Fire Department tweeted at 10:05 am PDT.


Less than an hour later, the department tweeted: "UPDATE: Incident resolved. Climber is now with @SFPD."

The Chronicle reported the climber was taken into custody, but said police have not yet confirmed his identity. The fire department told Insider it was "not providing any publicity for this person," adding it was a "rare occurrence."

Tuesday's climb of the tower comes after a bombshell leak from the Supreme Court of a draft opinion that showed its conservative majority appeared to be ready to dismantle Roe v. Wade.

Salesforce and the San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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