In my country if I am pregnant I cannot choose whether or not I become a mother.
If I engage in sexual activity, willingly or not, and become pregnant, I should become a mother.
If I am poor, if I am struggling to pay the rent and become pregnant I should be a mother.
If I am in an abusive relationship, if my partner beats me or rapes me, I should become a mother to his child.
If I am a mother already and cannot afford to care for another child, the state would have me be a mother again.
If I am a child myself and become pregnant, I am no longer a child, I am a mother.
If I am mentally ill, if I am bi-polar or schizophrenic and become pregnant, I will become an unhealthy mother to a healthy child.
If my child is diagnosed with an abnormality or an illness which would cause death inside or outside the womb, or a life of agony and pain, that child should be born dead or alive and I should be a mother.
If I have been raped and as a result become pregnant, I should become a mother.
If a family member rapes me and impregnates me I should become a mother.
If I am 10, 20 or 50 years old I should become a mother regardless of how this affects my body or my mind.
My choices are as follows-, after I give birth, if the child still lives, if I still live and can make the choice for myself I should give the child up for adoption, put the child into care or keep the child myself. Those are my choices.
If we get the boat to England to get an abortion or order a pill online we are criminals, murderers and monsters and can be jailed for it.
This is 2018. This is the reality we face as women and girls today in Ireland. We are forced to be martyrs against our will. This is our cross to bear as females.
That if we are pregnant we are no longer people we are mothers.