I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother
12 January 2019
When I was 21, I got pregnant. I was absolutely terrified. The message I’d got was that having children when you are young ruins your life. I’d also had a tough upbringing including domestic abuse. So, for me, family life was something I wanted to escape.
I spoke to my lovely boyfriend about it and he was happy to support me whatever I decided. And I decided to have an abortion. He and my mum came with me. The overriding emotion I remember was terror. But at the time, it was the right answer, and looking back, now 53 and in a relationship, I don’t regret it at all. I would have been an appalling mother at 21. But I never conceived again.