“I never regretted my abortion,” Claire* says, matter-of-factly. “I was a student at the time, my pregnancy was an accident, and I wasn’t in any way ready for a baby. Neither was my uni boyfriend.”
Twenty years later, however, and Claire’s situation suddenly feels frighteningly similar. “We felt we were ready for kids, we started trying at the start of this year and we were excited about having a family,” she explains. “Then, in April, my husband lost his job. I was lucky to be furloughed, but we’ve only just been getting by on one salary and suddenly my work doesn’t feel so secure. I went straight back on the pill. It just didn’t seem like the right time anymore, and it's hard to know now when it ever will,” she explains, sadly.
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