It took five hours. The pain was terrible; I’d never been through pain like that before. I tried to hold it in, but tears just kept falling all the time. I was vomiting, but nothing was coming up, because I’d had nothing to eat.
— Melanie Symonds, Phyllis Bowman, ‘And Still They Weep: Personal Stories of Abortion’, (The SPUC Educational Research Trust, 1996) 128
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