Sriya, Photographed by Sarah Simon
“I became pregnant during my first semester of grad school. I ended up getting an abortion on my first anniversary with my boyfriend…all in the middle of finals week! It’s a decision I’m incredibly grateful I made. I’m also grateful to Planned Parenthood and Medicaid who made it happen – for a broke grad student, finances were the number 1 worry on my mind. After getting my abortion, I ended up doing a standup comedy set about it the very next day. And that snowballed into producing a comedy show where comics tell their abortion stories. I was very lucky — I live in NYC where abortion is accessible. As a South Asian woman, though, I still struggle with it. I’m sharing my story because I directly know the difference that sharing a story can make.”
Sarah Simon is a poet, photographer, yogi, Bob Dylan admirer, average ukulele player, teacher, and student of psychology and Spanish. Also, I should mention – she’s a New Yorker, and therefore an avid walker; you won’t find her in the suburbs, and it is a danger to humanity that she even has a driver’s license. A recent graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo), she earned a B.A. in psychology, and then left to teach English in Ecuador. As of March 2019, she will again leave to teach English as a Fulbright grantee in Uruguay. Later that year, she will be publishing a collection of her poetry, “core collection: poems about eating disorders,” with Adelaide Books.