Letter:Effects of abortion on the lone twin

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Sir: I am a single mother of twins, an unplanned pregnancy, despite contraception. Their father stated that if I did not abort he was leaving. I am not a teenager, I am over 30.

The last two years have been the most difficult of my life, but I am so glad I did not bow to pressure and abort the twins. Thanks to the generosity of a friend, who paid for some help, we survived.

Various friends old and new, the Life Organisation, and the Twins Club all rallied round and helped in many small ways which saw us through. Yes we are surviving, only just, on benefits.

I am a resourceful woman and yet it is impossible for me to get back to work until my children reach school age. Lack of childcare facilities and low benefits keep women with children in poverty and unable to fulfil their potential.

Various pro-life organisations have suggested setting up a fund to ensure that no woman has to abort due to financial pressures. I wholeheartedly support this, it would have saved me two years of anguish to have had a little extra help.