A Melbourne CEO took to social media when the US Supreme Court banned abortion but many took offence at her controversial views.
An Australian influencer is causing controversy over a post that conflated abortion rights with the Victorian government’s Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates.
Melbourne entrepreneur Mia Plecic reacted to Friday’s US Supreme Court decision to overturn abortion rights, saying it is no different to the loss of freedom Australians faced from Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates.
On Saturday morning AEST, millions of American women lost the legal right to have an abortion after the US Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling which for nearly half a century had permitted terminations during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.
Roe v Wade, which in 1973 provided the constitutional right to abortions up until foetal viability, was overturned on Friday local time. It is now up to each state to determine whether women can have legal abortions.
It’s sparked a wave of protests across the world and some views that were divisive.
Ms Plecic, 30, took to Instagram to share to her 16,000 followers what she saw as a double standard.
She quoted another user, who wrote: “I’m seeing more opinions from Australians on domestic issues in the US than I ever saw from people in Melbourne (or Australia in general) when Victoria Police were shooting rubber bullets at peaceful protesters last year or when Government-enforced mandates surrounding medical procedure were coming into play, for example
“You want to have a public opinion on human rights, post them all over your stories and look like a hero on social media? Then pick a lane.”
Ms Plecic added: “Why is it ok to be pro choice about one human right but not the other?
“The same people who are against freedom of choice with mandates are the same people who are screaming freedom of choice about abortions.
“It doesn’t work like that. Freedom of choice regardless of your narrative”.
In a follow-up Instagram story, Ms Plecic said she was pro-choice, which she applied to all situations, including vaccines or women’s bodies.
She also claimed more than 500 people had reached out to her to express agreement.
Ms Plecic, who is founder and CEO of Slick Hair Company, told news.com.au: “I’m pro choice. Your body, your choice. Period.”
Ms Plecic’s comments were quickly picked up by Instagram page Aussie Influencer Opinions, which has more than 70,000 followers.
One person jumped onto the comment section, writing: “Yeah it’s totally the same thing because being slightly delayed in when you could go eat in restaurants is definitely the same as being forced to see a pregnancy to term, give birth and then raise the child all while taking on the cost and physical burden of what the pregnancy and delivery and recovery does to your body. Totally the same”.
“Covid is contagious, and pregnancy is not. Simple really,” said another.
“Lost touch with reality,” commented a third person.
Another said: “This is so embarrassing”.
Frustrated Instagram users also commented on Ms Plecic’s previous posts to voice their concerns.
Some replied to her most recent post with clown emojis.
Last year, Ms Plecic she made headlines for her strong anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination stances but ended up issuing an apology over her “political view” after receiving some backlash.
According to her Instagram stories, she attended an anti-lockdown protest and also claimed she would find a “black market doctor” to give her a fake vaccine passport.
“What the media won’t show you,” she wrote on Instagram in 2021, according to a screenshot of her among a crowd of protesters. “30k+ Victorians protesting for their rights for freedom.”
In June, she wrote “I’ll pay a black market doctor to sign my ‘covid passport’ if I have to. IDGAF [I don’t give a f**k].
“I’ll go as far as I need. Nobody will bribe me to jab poison in my body in order to be free.”
However, in September last year, she apologised.
“I wanted to quickly come on here and clear a few things up,” she began in her apology video, posted to her Instagram Stories.
“Some allegations were made towards me and my company and I thought it was best to address those publicly.”
She explained how she had voiced her “view and opinion about everything that’s happening in the world” on her Instagram but that it had offended some people.
She says that “in doing that, I realise that I have hurt, harmed and upset a lot of people with my political view.”
Originally published as Aussie influencer slammed for abortion laws view in wake of Roe v Wade being overturned
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