Social media users have praised Vogue Poland for supporting pro-choice campaigners after the ruling to ban abortions in Poland in all cases, except in exceptional cases.
Polish model Anja Rubik, 37, has been stripped down to appear on three different covers for the glossy publication entitled ‘The Power of Women’, in response to the country’s now having some of the most draconian abortion laws in Europe, as previous month caused nationwide protests.
She loved it Instagram to share the covers alongside passionate captions accusing Poland of suppressing women and limiting their reproductive rights, in addition to writing an open letter about the Fashion website that describes the nation as ‘divided’.
Anja shared the first cover with her 1.2 million followers and posed nude with a red robe that tied her wrist and a bolt of lightning to her cheek.
She described the covers as the ‘most important and personal’ of her career, saying, ‘A woman’s right to choose is a litmus test or test for a healthy, progressive society. The decision of the Constitutional Court will have an impact on the Polish community for decades.
Polish model Anja Rubik, 37, has expressed support for pro-choice campaigners following a ban on abortions in Poland. Pictured: Anja on the cover of Vogue Poland
Anja expanded her point: ‘Taking pictures is my language, the way I express my protest, my rebellion, our strength, pain, anger and hope. I believe photography has tremendous power, it can attract attention, arouse emotions, engage in conversations, mobilize us to action and change.
Power enslaves women to abortion bans and restrictions on reproductive rights.
“Reproductive rights are human rights, they guarantee the possibility and freedom to decide about our life, our body, our health and our destiny!”
Anja posted a second cover where she could be seen standing naked wearing a shoe and holding a container full of red smoke.
Anja (pictured) described nudity as a symbol of the female revolution and argued that the government has plans to deprive women of the right to control their own lives and bodies.
What is the new law on abortion in Poland?
Considerations for a blanket ban on abortion, including in cases of rape or where the baby would be seriously malformed, were rejected in 2016.
However, on October 22 this year, Poland’s Catholic Constitutional Court ruled that existing legislation permitting the abortion of malformed fetuses is “incompatible” with the protection of life.
Abortions are now only allowed in cases of pregnancy through rape or incest, or if there is a threat to the mother’s life by continuing with the pregnancy.
The court’s ruling was immediately condemned by the Council of Europe, the continent’s foremost human rights organization, whose human rights commissioner Dunja Mijatovic called it ‘a sad day for #WomensRights’.
Thousands of protesters have since taken to the streets and campaigned on social media against the near-total ban on abortion.
The country of 38 million people sees fewer than 2,000 legal abortions per year, but women’s groups estimate that up to 200,000 procedures are performed illegally or abroad.
She wrote over 120,000 likes and wrote, ‘I wanted to reflect our protest and our strength. I am naked in the picture. In patriarchal systems, a woman’s body is sexualized, shamed, and shown as wrong and indecent.
That’s why nudity has become a symbol of the female revolution. Government plans are currently underway in Poland to deprive women of their reproductive rights and the right to make decisions about their own lives and bodies. ‘
A third cover shows a main photo of Anja with minimal makeup, with red smoke swirling around her head.
‘I am a patriot. With age I feel more and more connected to Poland. And when the rights of women, the rights of the LGBTQ + community, personal freedom, teachers and students in my country are under attack, and when the state announces a new enemy in our community almost every day, I can’t shut up.
We are told to be ashamed of who we are, who we love and what we believe in.
‘This divides the country and makes us feel insecure and insecure and it is easier to manipulate a torn society. Let’s not let ourselves be intimidated. The law should not get in the way of our personal decisions, ”she wrote.
The covers, along with their captions, were reposted to Vogue Poland’s Instagram, with over 50,000 likes.
Anja (pictured) felt that the nation should not be intimidated and that the law should not hinder women’s personal decisions
One person wrote: ‘Thank you for your courage! I am with you with all my heart! ‘
‘Your support is invaluable and always needed! May more women have the courage to speak in such a specific way! It’s good that you are, ”said another.
A third added: ‘Wow this is so powerful and so eloquent and amazing, I’m speechless. Bravo Anja ‘
A stream of responses praised Anja for speaking out and gushing that the covers are ‘simple and strong’