Healing the heartache

Thursday, 9 November 2017

ALMOST half a century after having an abortion, a Coleraine woman has spoken of the secret heartache which has haunted her ever since.
The mother-of-two, who is now in her 70s, now supports other women struggling to make sense of a decision they could also live to regret.
She agreed to share her story after an appeal was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission arguing that Northern Ireland's abortion laws breach the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Supreme Court heard how the current laws criminalised women for seeking an abortion in cases of sexual crime or fatal foetal abnormality.
However a barrister for the Christian Action and Research in Education, claimed "100,000 lives had been saved" by Northern Ireland's abortion laws. A Supreme Court ruling on the controversial issue is awaited.
This is Margaret's heartbreaking story told in her own words (we have agreed to change her name to protect her identity):
“In 1970 I was married with two children under the age of three. The older boy was in and out of hospital and my husband was ill when I discovered I was pregnant. I was very sick and hardly able to get out of bed to look after my family. I wasn't living near my extended family and had no-one to turn to for help.
“I heard of the possibility of a termination and discussed it with my husband. He said he would support whatever I thought was best, to regain control of my life and look after my needy family.
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