London, England (LifeNews.com) — A British girl who triggered a national controversy after she had an abortion without her mother’s knowledge is pregnant again. But this time, student Melissa Smith intends to keep the baby.
Her mother Maureen told the BBC, "She’s 15, she made her own mind up. She was hell-bent on replacing the one she lost, basically."
Maureen also told the BBC, "Me and my family are supportive 100 percent. We’ll be there for her — like we said previously."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the pro-life group known as LIFE, Rachel Heath, said, “It is not uncommon for women who have an abortion to become pregnant again soon after.”
"Many women find the pain of their abortion difficult to bear and go on to have an ‘atonement’ baby. This is often by the same father," Heath said.
"I hope this time the school health worker leaves (the girl), her boyfriend and family alone to prepare themselves for the birth of their child," Heath added. [Source]