Confessions of a Half-Mother: Why I Had an Abortion Even Though I Wanted to Keep the Baby

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Confessions of a Half-Mother: Why I Had an Abortion Even Though I Wanted to Keep the Baby

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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hen I skipped my period, I thought of a million different things that it could be attributed to before the thought of pregnancy even crossed my mind. “It must be stress,” I thought to myself. God knows I’d had reason enough to be stressed, with my Hindu parents refusing to meet my partner’s non-Hindu family to discuss the wedding that had been in the works for almost three years now. Or the iron deficiency that had plagued me my entire life. Or maybe the PCOD I’ve been struggling with for 17 years was making a comeback.

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