The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) on Monday launched an official assertion after a video went viral on-line exhibiting a person in an FDNY shirt shouting at abortion-rights protesters. The division insisted that the person within the video, who shouted “Your body is mine,” doesn’t work for them and confirmed that an investigation is underway.
“A video circulating from a protest in Manhattan over the weekend shows an individual wearing a FDNY sweatshirt,” Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Frank Dwyer stated in a press release launched on the FDNY Twitter account. “The individual in the video is not a member of the FDNY. The comments made do not represent the views of the FDNY. The matter is under investigation.”
The demonstration came about on Mother’s Day close to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan, drawing each abortion-rights and anti-abortion advocates. It got here on the heels of the information that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is anticipated to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 choice that assured nationwide entry to abortions. The choice would make abortion legal guidelines a state matter, lots of which might routinely outlaw the apply outright.
A model of the video was shared by creator and activist Amy Siskind on Sunday and has garnered over 2 million views as of Monday afternoon. In it, the person in query, who has not but been recognized, may be seen talking from the steps of the cathedral, flanked by three different males.
“You have no choice,” the person may be heard shouting with a gleeful look on his face. “Not your choice, not your body, your body is mine.”
The clip has additionally been shared amongst far-right U.S. lawmakers, like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who’ve embraced the person and the opposite anti-abortion demonstrators on the occasion as “heroes,” based on NBC New York.
Newsweek reached out to the FDNY for remark.
In response to the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion that kickstarted the nationwide dialog about Roe v. Wade, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, pledged to guard abortion rights within the state and known as on Congress to codify abortion protections into legislation.
“When New York legalized abortion three years before Roe v. Wade, our state served as a safe harbor for those seeking abortion care, and with Supreme Court threatening to strike down Roe, we stand ready to once again welcome those in need,” Hochul stated in a letter despatched to Congress.