Because everyone in the fashion industry wears this “Bans Off Our Bodies” pin.

As the nation awaits the Supreme Court decision that could change the landscape of abortive health care in this country, today the fashion industry is taking a united stance for reproductive rights as part of the Fashion Says: Bans Day of Action. Off Our Bodies. On Instagram, designers, stylists and models such as Batsheva Hay, Humberto Leon from Opening Ceremony, Gabriela Hearst, Aurora James, Christy Turlington, Karla Welch, Kate Young and others will post photos with Planned Parenthood’s Bans Off Our Bodies pins, along with invites to act on what the general public can do to help, such as donating to an abortion fund and helping independent clinics.

“Planned Parenthood has been around for more than a hundred years, and we and our partners are definitely preparing for it,” Caren Spruch, Planned Parenthood’s national director of arts involvement and entertainment, tells me over the phone. “All of our health centers across the country are open and we have a great battle in every state to ensure that everyone can control their body and their future. And I think our supporters are ready. They are angry. They will be relentless in protecting access to abortion. ”

The fashion industry has long been a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood, as during the 2017 Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood campaign, which was scheduled around Fashion Week. The urgency of the situation this time around means that many in the industry took their own initiative in contacting Planned Parenthood about what they could do to help. “Prabale [Gurung] actually called me and [asked] what else could he do, ”Spruch recalls. “And we had a long and interesting interview because it’s not just abortion at stake. They are all our rights. ”

Maria Cornejo: “As a woman and mother I believe that no one else should be in control of our body. Having a child involves a life of joy and responsibility, and being a mother shouldn’t be imposed on anyone. Prevention and education, not prohibitions, are the answer “.

Photo: Courtesy of Maria Cornejo

Prabal Gurung: “Our lack of involvement in the political system has put these dangerous, regressive and power-hungry lunatics in the position of power. It is imperfect. It is repulsive. It is alarming, and the time to act is now. ”

Photo: Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

Gurung agrees: “The right to abortion is directly related to democracy as it is part of health care, [of] the rights of people to control their bodies, and especially the right of people to choose. [There] there are many regressive ideas suggested by a radical group of people who have been encouraged by the rhetoric of conservative extremists. These decisions do not reflect the majority of people in this country, [the] 60% to 70% who are not in favor of rollover Roe vs Wade. ” He sees the fashion industry taking a stand on these issues as non-negotiable. “The fashion industry that profits from women can no longer rest easy. Our industry has made progress and continues to talk about inclusiveness, diversity, responsibility, sustainability and body positivity. Therefore conversations about human rights, mainly women’s rights, should not be classified [as] political discussions. They should be normalized. They should be part of our daily life. There is no other way. ”

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Batsheva Hay: “I think it is imperative to take a public position on access to abortion because our rights are at stake right now in a way that could be irreversible for decades or more. This is the time to speak up and act, to protect our fundamental freedoms, health and liberty ”.

Photo: Courtesy of Batsheva Hay

Spruch believes that raising their voices is an essential part of artists being able to effect change. “We will not make any long-term political changes until we change the culture because it is the stigma on abortion that allows these policies that address barriers to assistance, faith and legal assistance.” He continues: “I firmly believe that art is the way we can challenge social norms and injustice and inspire people, and changing culture is what all the artists I work with are experts at.”

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Aurora James: “Our nation’s history of racism, colonialism and discriminatory treatment has led Black, Latino, indigenous and LGBTQ people to face immense barriers to abortion care, especially black women. The latest threat of overturning Roe vs Wade it’s beyond alarming and black women will be the hardest hit, as they have the highest maternal mortality rates. Prohibitions and restrictions on abortion endanger all women and we can only obtain the right to abortion if we face all forms of oppression. At Brother Vellies, we believe that no one is free unless they are in full control of their body and their future. We are with women everywhere and we will continue to fight for the right of women to choose ”.

Photo: Courtesy of Aurora James

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Humberto Leon: “Abortion rights are under attack and it is essential to allow people to choose their bodies. This affects humanity. It is time to take every action to ensure reproductive freedom ”.

Photo: Courtesy of Humberto Leon

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Emme: “I support Planned Parenthood and the choice to have an abortion. My body, my choice! “

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Tanya Taylor: “Reproductive rights are basic human rights, it’s that simple and straightforward. We should all have the freedom to decide what is best for our health and our life. As a mother, friend, entrepreneur with a majority female team, fighting to protect the right of choice is what I have to do “.

Photo: Courtesy of Tanya Taylor

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Fernando Garcia wears the brooch.

Photo: courtesy of Fernando Garcia

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