"The Most Terrible Black Doom Came Over Me": Anne Robinson Speaks Out On Her Abortion Experience

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2017-10-12

Anne Robinson has spoken out about the abortion she had nearly 50 years ago.

She said making the same choice now would be "absolutely unthinkable".

TV presenter Anne Robinson, most famous for the Weakest Link, has spoken out about the abortion she had nearly 50 years ago - just after it was legalised. She told her story for the upcoming BBC documentary being shown to mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, "Abortion on Trial."

"It was like jumping off a cliff"
The abortion happened when she was 24, and newly married to her first husband, the journalist Charles Wilson. Discussing it in detail for the first time, Ms Robinson said: "At the beginning of 1968, I was newly married, very, very unhappy and I found I was pregnant.

"I was terrified, confused and very, very lonely because I didn’t think I could talk to anyone.

Speaking of the fear that many women feel when confronted with a crisis pregnancy situation, she said: "The only way I felt I could go through with an abortion was if I didn’t think about what I was doing. It was like someone who was shutting her eyes and jumping off a cliff – not intelligent at all. But fear makes you behave in a very odd way."

"I felt so depressed"

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