Shauna Prewitt felt like a terrible rape victim. At 21 her darkest secret was that the life growing within her made her look forward to the future. She says it’s possible for women who have been raped to love the child conceived in rape but we live in a culture where these children are still referred to as “a monster’s child” or “a rapist’s child”. Here she makes it clear her daughter is neither of these. She is her child.
When Dr Maria Coleman was a 20-year-old medical student in Dublin she didn’t plan to get pregnant but as she says: “I was one of those hard cases, a case they would use to push for abortion". To other young women she says: "Don't let the world tell you who you are gonna be, you tell the world".
Many women and parents say the time it took to book an abortion in England was the time they needed to think things through and decide against a termination. Ruth’s story turned from heartbreak to hope and then unimagined joy. It’s yet another reminder of the positive life-saving impact of Ireland’s 8th Amendment.