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When writer and storyteller April Salazar was told by her doctors that her unborn child had incurable birth defect— lethal skeletal dysplasia—she was given two options: carry her baby to term or terminate her pregnancy.

She chose the latter option; she couldn’t bear the thought of giving birth to her child only to watch him suffer and die shortly after. But then, she was faced with a problem she never had considered before: how would she break the news about her abortion to her conservative Mexican-American father?