Irene’s Story: “I love her to the moon and back.”

I’m originally from South Africa. I have been living here in Ireland for the past eleven years. Six years ago I got pregnant. At the time I didn’t want the baby, I really wanted an abortion. But because I was not living in South Africa I couldn’t have one.
It was a tough pregnancy because it was unwanted, but I went on with it anyway.

Nine months later I gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl. I thank God every day for being in Ireland because if I hadn’t been here when I got pregnant I would have gone through with my ‘plan’ to get rid of the baby, my daughter. She is now seven years old and I cannot imagine my life without her. I love her to the moon and back. If I had been in South Africa, my daughter would not exist in this world. I hope that Ireland can stay free from abortion.