My grandmother found herself pregnant in her early twenties. She had no boyfriend, her family was not supportive, and she was urged to terminate the pregnancy. I am Canadian, and Canada is one of only three countries worldwide with absolutely no laws restricting abortion. Our abortion laws were set with the intention of allowing abortion in some cases only but in just a few decades the laws had expanded so much that we were left with a country where abortion was allowed at any time, for any reason, and nearly a third of our pregnancies end in abortion.
My grandmother’s choice to choose life for my mother and give her up for adoption in a crisis pregnancy, especially amidst a culture that so often pushes women to abortion, saved not only my mother’s life, but allowed her to become a doctor and a wonderful mother to myself and my eight siblings.
If my grandmother had decided to have an abortion, then my mother would never have been born, and I would not be here today. That’s the reality of abortion and that’s why we need to keep the 8th Amendment in the Irish Constitution – because it is a provision that saves human lives.