“Abortion saved my life,” singer Halsey said while revealing that they suffered 3 miscarriages. The 27-year-old made the revelation in an open letter that they penned in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Roe. v. Wade ruling.
“Many people have asked me if, since carrying a child to term after years of struggling to do so, I have reconsidered my stance on abortion. The answer is firmly no. In fact, I have never felt more strongly about it,” the 27-year-old wrote in the letter that was published in Vogue.
“My abortion saved my life and gave way for my son to have his. Every person deserves the right to choose when, if, and how they have this dangerous and life-altering experience. I will hold my son in one arm, and fight with all my might with the other,” Halsey continued.
The singer welcomed son Ender Ridley with partner Alev Aydin in July last year.
Halsey said they had “miscarried three times before my 24th birthday.”
“It seemed a cruel irony that I could get pregnant with ease but struggled to maintain a pregnancy. One of my miscarriages required ‘aftercare,’ a gentle way of saying that I would need an abortion, because my body could not terminate the pregnancy completely on its own and I would risk going into sepsis without medical intervention,” the singer said.
“During this procedure, I cried. I was afraid for myself and I was helpless. I was desperate to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life.”
Halsey said that they were so traumatised by the past events that they even rewrote their will while carrying Ender in the third trimester.
“I was prepared for the worst. I gave detailed instructions regarding the donation of my organs should I die or be declared brain-dead, meaning if my heart beat on but my brain wasn’t functioning, the state would have permission to cut into my warm and still flush flesh and take my organs to save other lives.”
“How funny that while my own heart would amount to nothing more than a series of involuntary movements on an operating table, a beating heart in my womb could mean I couldn’t consent to saving my own life,” Halsey noted.