Carrying signs with slogans “Feed SCOTUS To The Wolves,” “Cancel The 4th,” and “We Won’t Go Back,” the furries appeared to protest outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Pittsburgh, according to Gisele Fetterman, who tweeted a picture of the individuals on Saturday.
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) July 2, 2022
Furries are known for wearing anthropomorphic animal costumes, sometimes for erotic purposes. Indeed, Pittsburgh hosted more than 10,000 furries over the weekend for the “Anthrocon” convention, where attendees socialize with other members of the furry community, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“We feel very safe in Pittsburgh — not to mention, the businesses just open wide for us,” attendee Alex Dedtryaev told the outlet. “It’s a very, very positive experience. I don’t think this con’ could be in a better place … As a jackal, I feel like I’m usually pretty quick on my feet, quick-witted, clever, and cunning and also very loyal.”
The furries taking a moment out of their weekends to protest in favor of Planned Parenthood did so in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade — the 1973 decision claiming that the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution protects abortion. John and Gisele Fetterman have both denounced the ruling.
“It is unjust. It is wrong. And I’m going to fight it with everything I’ve got,” John Fetterman said, vowing that he would “proudly” vote to codify Roe if Pennsylvanians send him to the Senate.
In a video on his campaign website, Fetterman says that Pennsylvanians have been “subjected to numerous attempts to curtail and eliminate women’s reproductive freedoms.”
“A woman’s right to choose is sacred, and that would be one of the first litmus tests I would impose on anyone,” Fetterman asserted. “I have a litmus test and I’m proud to say that my governor and myself stood as that line of defense to make sure that women’s reproductive freedom is guarded and secure in Pennsylvania.”
Fetterman — who served as the longtime mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, before assuming the office of lieutenant governor in 2019 — decisively defeated Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) earlier this year to clinch Pennsylvania’s Democratic nomination for the Senate. The six-foot-eight, 52-year-old Fetterman is known for wearing basketball shorts and a hoodie to campaign events. As Fetterman said in one interview: “I’m just a dude that shows up and just talks about what I believe in, you know?”
National media has focused on Pennsylvania as a key “abortion battleground” amid the overturn of Roe v. Wade. The state currently has a Republican-led legislature and a Democratic governor — meaning that the outcome of the fall elections could largely shape policies surrounding abortion.
Fetterman led his Republican opponent, television host Dr. Mehmet Oz, in the commonwealth’s first general election poll by a 46% to 37% margin, although 13% of voters had not yet made up their minds. Yet Fetterman has been enduring heart issues that led to a stroke, which placed him in the hospital days before the primary election.
Cardiologist Ramesh Chandra said in a letter that Fetterman’s new pacemaker-defibrillator is “working perfectly” and Fetterman is “doing well.” As long as the candidate takes his medication, eats healthy, and stays active, Chandra believes “he’ll be fine.” Fetterman’s condition was previously undisclosed, according to Politico.