I was in agony when I found out I was pregnant. And I spent a lot of time crying. Then I spoke with some Alliance for Choice activists, night after night was repeating the same thing over and over, how I was feeling, and they all listened to me over and over again the same thing. And then one person asked me if you had a magic wand, what would you do? And I said I would make it so that this had never happened. And that was like a light bulb, I knew what to do. I’m not going to sentence myself and a child to a life that we never wanted. It was really difficult in Northern Ireland because of the stigma about abortion but I was supported by Alliance for Choice all the way through the abortion which I had by taking abortion pills at home. If it hadn’t been for Alliance for Choice, then I don’t know what I would have done. Women’s support meant the world to me, meant that I wasn’t alone. I know that we have had doctors who won’t prescribe the pills and that just makes me furious. But the support I had from the women around me made me feel safe enough to do this myself. It was their emotional support, their hand holding almost, that’s what made it so I could be brave enough to do it.

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