Storyteller: Sheila Desai

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Local Fund: New York Abortion Access Fund

I needed an abortion when I was in another country, where sex and abortion are deeply stigmatized. I didn’t know how to navigate the health system or where to seek services, yet I was too afraid to ask for help for fear of being shamed for my decisions. So, in secret and on my own, I had an abortion. To this day, I am grateful for making that decision, but I never want others seeking an abortion to feel as alone as I did.

Stories by Sheila Desai