Mandu Reid, the new leader of the Women’s Equality party (WEP), has spoken publicly about the impact of her abortion and why it compelled her to enter politics.
In an interview with the Observer, Reid said her decision to have a termination at 33 had not been “an easy choice” but one made because she “couldn’t balance being a single mother and hold on to my career aspirations”.
Reid, now 38, became the first black leader of a British political party last month. Now she also becomes the first to speak publicly about her decision to have an abortion.
“I always imagined myself as somebody who would have a busy, productive, fulfilling career and that I’d become a mother. I imagined those dual things existing and it was what I wanted,” she said. But, she recalled, after becoming pregnant while working for the mayor of London, she was unable to work out how she could have had the baby and continued in her career.
“I wasn’t properly together with the guy, he was quite a bit younger than me, and we had a lot of conversations about what to do,” she said. “It is strange to me, when I reflect on it now, that neither of us could imagine a scenario where I wasn’t the sole caregiver of the child and the main breadwinner.”
The solution being the vastly more progressive policies her party is pushing.
Or, as we might put it, all of us should pay more in taxes so that she can have all that she wants.
She added: “I crunched the numbers and realised at that point in time, I couldn’t balance being a single mother and hold on to my career aspirations. He was young, I couldn’t twist his arm and make him do this with me, so I had a termination. It wasn’t an easy choice.”
Given the inability to get one bloke to pay she wants all to.