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Anne Robinson reveals she felt ‘ashamed’ after undergoing abortion 12/10/2017 Bronwyn O Neill

© Provided by Associated News Anne Robinson has opened up about her personal struggles during a new BBC2 documentary.

The former Weakest Link presenter has revealed that she had an abortion during the 1960s.

In the documentary, she discusses how the procedure pitched her into a ‘black doom’ and she could only get through it by not thinking about it.

Anne, from a Catholic family, says in the documentary, which marks 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed: ‘I was ­terrified, confused, very, very lonely. I didn’t think I could talk to anyone.’

‘It was a really isolated place. The only way I felt I could go through with an abortion is that if I didn’t think about it.’

She was newly married at the time and continued, ‘It was like someone who was ­shutting their eyes and jumping from a cliff.’

‘What I remember is unexpectedly the most terrible black doom came over me and it lasted for months. I was ashamed of what I’d done and I felt so depressed.’

In the documentary, called Abortion on Trial, the presenter will invite nine people with differing views on abortion into her home to share their stories.

She said that she couldn’t do the programme without talking about her own personal experience.

The show is due to air next Monday and will follow an ICM poll which indicated that only one in 10 people in Britain understood that abortion remains a criminal act unless strict criteria are met.

The BBC survey of more than 2,000 people also found a majority – nearly seven in ten – think a woman is legally entitled to a termination simply by asking.


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