Emily Ratajkowski posed in the nude to speak out against the near-total ban of abortions that was signed on Wednesday by Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey.
House Bill 314, also known as the “Human Life Protection Act,” bars doctors in the state from performing the procedure on pregnant women, including for victims of rape and incest. The only exception is if the woman’s life is at a severe health risk.
The Easy actress posted a picture of herself completely naked with her hand covering her breasts and a single Anthurium flower covering her vagina.
But the photo is accompanied by a caption that is different in tone from the 27-year-old model’s usual posts.
“This week, 25 old white men voted to ban abortion in Alabama even in cases of incest and rape,” she wrote, referring to the 25 white males in Alabama’s Senate—including bill sponsor Sen. Clyde Chambliss—who have all presumably not been traumatized by rape.
After hours of debate, the Republican-led Senate voted 25 to 6 across party lines in favor of the measure.
“These men in power are imposing their wills onto the bodies of women in order to uphold the patriarchy and perpetuate the industrial prison complex by preventing women of low economic opportunity the right to choose to not reproduce.”
“The states trying to ban abortion are the states that have the highest proportions of black women living there.”
“This is about class and race and is a direct attack on the fundamental human rights women in the US deserve and are protected by under Roe vs. Wade. Our bodies, our choice.”
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This week, 25 old white men voted to ban abortion in Alabama even in cases of incest and rape. These men in power are imposing their wills onto the bodies of women in order to uphold the patriarchy and perpetuate the industrial prison complex by preventing women of low economic opportunity the right to choose to not reproduce. The states trying to ban abortion are the states that have the highest proportions of black women living there. This is about class and race and is a direct attack on the fundamental human rights women in the US deserve and are protected by under Roe vs. Wade. Our bodies, our choice.
The evocative photo, coupled with the actress’s caption calling out the state’s passage of the heinous bill, divided her followers.
Some criticized her for using her body in perpetuating a desire from the very demographic she attacked.
Others expressed their veneration for the actress in speaking out.
One user was put-off by the flood of anti-abortion comments.
“Pro-lifers are, unfortunately, people who can’t see bigger picture.”
“You think that the solution is bringing unwanted child into this world and expect him to enjoy it? WAKE UP. Christian medieval policy was to just have as many kids as possible because GOD wants it… it was litteraly the reason many women are dying everyday because their body wasn’t made to bring 10 babies into this wolrd.”
The commenter continued by opening up with their personal experience.
“My father considers himself a Christian thinking that meaning of life is to populate the earth.. he is very succesful and famous doctor but no one knows how bad parent he is to 5 of his children. I have several diagnosed mental illneses, just like my other siblings.
“We were tortured with ‘christian’ beliefs and programmed to continue it. I was brought into this world to give men all the space they need because God made them more capable, but he made women with only one purpose of her life- giving birth to a men’s children and consider it as the greatest honour. If we wouldn’t agree, we would be heavily punished. So…What the f*ck millenials? Stop this nonsense and take care of the unwanted born children :’(“
Dr. Leana Wen, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, emailed a statement to CBS News, saying:
“Alabama is putting women’s lives at an even greater risk.” She mentioned that the state is known for having “some of the worst health outcomes for women in the nation, such as the highest rate of cervical cancer.”
“Politicians who say they value life should advocate for policies to solve the public health crises that are killing women, not dismantle what little access to health care Alabamians have left.”
This was not the first time Ratajkowski spoke out about women’s rights.
She and comedian Amy Schumer were among 300 other people who were arrested at a U.S. Senate building in October while protesting the nomination of then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused by three women for various forms of sexual misconduct.