Pragya Agarwal told her abortion story:
“I had an abortion almost 15 years ago. I was going through a divorce, doing a PhD and the father was someone I’d just started dating. I wasn’t sure we would work out and I already had a daughter from my first marriage, so I just wasn’t sure if I’d be able to bring up another child on my own.
But I regretted it immediately. It was all a whirlwind. I didn’t have much time to think about it because by the time I realised, I was quite late in the pregnancy. No one asked if I wanted counselling or support.
We thought we’d have plenty of time to have children in the future, if the relationship lasted. But a few years later, we married and tried again. I didn’t get pregnant until I was 39 and had twins after a lot of IVF.
I still feel sad about that abortion. It might have been the right thing to do at that time, but it still makes me cry. When it’s discussed in the media or on TV, I think about it. It’s really strange it’s affected me so much but I think it’s something I haven’t dealt with.”
Radhika Sanghani “‘They called me a silly girl’: Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86” The Telegraph 27 OCTOBER 2017Share on Facebook