Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman is hosting a campaign event on Sunday, September 11, but not to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Instead, the Senate hopeful is hosting a pro-abortion rally alongside an activist who supports the defund the police movement.
‘Women for Fetterman’ event aims to show candidate’s support for ‘reproductive freedom’ following Supreme Court’s decision to overturn deer v. Wade. Fetterman, who has said he does not support any limits on abortion, will appear with lawmakers and Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson. The pro-abortion group said it “supports efforts to defund and divest the police” because of their “continued militarization and brutal treatment of black people”. McGill Johnson said in September 2020 that “we must continue to demand change, including calling for defunding the police”.
Police officers and firefighters are widely considered the heroes of the 9/11 attacks, in which 2,977 people were killed when Islamic terrorists flew planes towards the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Seventy-one law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty, mostly responding to the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York. Nearly 350 firefighters and paramedics also perished.
Fetterman’s coordination with an organization that supports the fundraising movement comes as he faces scrutiny over his progressive criminal justice reform policies. Republican candidate Mehmet Oz hammered Fetterman for his call to release up to a third of inmates from Pennsylvania prisons. As head of Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, Fetterman has voted to free killers convicted of first-degree murder, often against the wishes of the victims’ families.
One of Fetterman’s appointees to the Board of Pardons called for “disarming the police” and supports Mumia Abu-Jamal, the ex-Black Panther who killed a Philadelphia police officer in the 1980s.
The rally is one of Fetterman’s few public appearances since suffering a near-fatal stroke in May. He attended a fundraiser in the Hamptons earlier this month, drawing criticism for rubbing shoulders with wealthy donors while campaigning as a blue-collar champion. Appearing alongside Fetterman on Sunday is Val Arkoosh, a doctor who has said gender transition surgeries for children are a “human rights” issue.
The campaign did not respond to a request for comment.