By Corinne Murdock |
An activist who goes by the nickname “Pro-Life Spiderman” was arrested after climbing Phoenix’s tallest building.
The activist, Maison Des Champs, scales buildings to raise money and awareness for pro-life causes. Des Champs climbed the former Chase tower on Tuesday to raise awareness for Let Them Live, a charity that incentivizes women to cancel their abortions by providing financial support, as well as to fundraise for a pregnant mother named Hope, who reportedly has an abortion scheduled Friday, Feb. 10. Hope is 22 weeks along.
Des Champs has been a featured guest on a number of networks and media groups since he began this strain of activism last year.
Des Champs appeared on The Daily Wire host Michael Knowles’ show last month. He claimed that Knowles was the inspiration for his activism — specifically, the conservative pundit’s coverage of the “Justice for the Five” movement that arose after pro-life activists discovered the remains of five unborn children killed by potentially unlawful late-term abortion procedures last March.
Des Champs shared that he undertook these climbs because they attracted the media attention required to bring awareness of pro-life efforts and needs. He claimed that his first climb occurred the day after the Roe v. Wade decision was leaked last May, calling it a “divine timing.”
“I’m sitting at home and I’m thinking to myself, ‘If politics are downstream of culture, and I want to change the culture, then the best way to change culture is to somehow become part of it,” said Des Champs.
However, Des Champs stated on his website that he began scaling buildings in August 2021 to protest Nevada’s COVID-19 mandates.
Des Champs also posted about that climb on his Instagram. He said he was inspired to climb due to his passion for mental health, and the impact of pandemic lockdowns and mandates. Des Champs revealed that he’d struggled with suicidal ideation for about six years leading up to the pandemic, but used rock climbing as an outlet.
Des Champs encouraged others to join him in a protest he organized later that month at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Los Vegas, Nevada, attended by conservative radio pundit Joey Gilbert.
Then, for nine months, Des Champs didn’t post climbing or protest content on Instagram. He broke the dry spell in May after posting his climb of a California skyscraper, coming out as a pro-life climber that time around.
Des Champs has had a number of other media rounds and appeared on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” in November.
Des Champs also earned the ire and mockery of leftist networks, like Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show.”
On his website, Des Champs calls for the arrest of the abortionist behind the five late-term babies’ deaths, Cesare Santangelo.
Des Champs has amassed tens of thousands of social media followers: over 18,500 on Instagram. His Twitter, which hasn’t been updated since last June, has just over 400 followers.
Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to email@example.com.