"I will always regret the abortion, but I’ll never regret having her"

Indeed, because of the higher risk of birth defects associated with the abortion drugs Shannon was given, she was offered a surgical termination. The legal limit for abortion is 24 weeks, so Shannon had less than four weeks to decide.

‘To see your baby’s face and then be told you can still go through with an abortion, how can you? To survive the first abortion, my daughter obviously wanted to be here and now I’m really looking forward to seeing her,’ says Shannon, whose baby is due in early May.

‘If anything has happened to her because of the abortion medication I took, I will have to live with the regret.

‘When she is here I will love her, but I’ll never stop feeling guilty that at one stage I tried to get rid of her. I just don’t know how we are going to explain that to her when she is older.