My mum opened up to me a year ago about the abortion she had in 1990. Before this she had kept it a total secret, for fear of being judged and disappointing her family. She had just finished her RAF officer training when she found out she was pregnant. Until the end of 1990 it was the Force’s policy to discharge any women from service on the grounds of pregnancy. This left many servicewomen with an ultimatum of terminating the pregnancy or losing their job.
I have used this project as a way for my mum to finally open up about her experience with abortion, helping to lift some of the guilt she has carried and leading me to better understand the relationship I hold with my mum.