Having a baby must be the best thing on Earth.
I’ve not been lucky enough yet to be a mum, but I have plenty of friends who are parents.
I’ve never seen such unbridled joy as when a small baby, who’s probably fresh from spitting up on, pooing on, weeing on and generally dribbling on their hapless parents, gives them a big smile or reaches up for a cuddle.
It’s amazing, it’s miraculous, and if only they learned to toilet train as quickly as dogs do, they’d be nigh-on perfect.
But how quickly the joy of conception – the twin blue line on a pregnancy test – can turn to heartache.
Things go wrong, especially in the first few months of pregnancy, which can turn tears of joy into tears of sorrow.
There’s nothing worse than not hearing a heartbeat, or suffering a miscarriage. Though they happen commonly, that’s no comfort for the parents.
So imagine how cruel it would be if a mother, who’s expecting twins, is told that not only do they both suffer from a condition which makes it impossible for them to survive outside the womb, but also that you were forced to carry those babies to term.
The lady in question is known as Laura, her babies suffer from anencephaly and she lives in Northern Ireland where it is illegal to have an abortion.
Her babies will die hours after being born.
But despite that, she watches as her bump grows bigger, as the days until she’s too far gone for an abortion slip by.
She loves her babies now and knows she’ll love them forever whether they pass away now or later.
There’s a strong chance they’ll die in the womb, which would pose an extra health risk to Laura.
She and the twins’ father, Chris, would have to come over to England to get a legal abortion.
They’d be away from their families and any kind of support at such a crucial time.
Northern Ireland is looking at whether its law on abortion needs to be ‘re-drawn’ so abortions can happen in cases of foetuses with severe abnormalities.
Well I’ve got a good idea. How about removing the law altogether?