Stacey Solomon has said there was “no way” she was going to have an abortion when she faced an unplanned pregnancy at 17.
The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity star said that she had gone with her mum to a clinic to discuss an abortion.
But the “harsh reality” of the procedure changed her mind.
“I just thought, when you’re young and you get pregnant, you get an abortion”, she said.
“You think of an abortion clinic as a petrol station, something you just go to for what you need and come out again – until you get there.
“When they describe to you what they do, you just think – no way. I would never judge anyone who chooses to do that, but I just couldn’t even bear the thought.”
Stacey had just enrolled at college when she found out she was pregnant to boyfriend Dean Cox. “I cried my eyes out for days. I really didn’t want this to be happening to me,” she said.
But Stacey’s mind changed at the abortion clinic when a consultant scanned the baby – turning the screen away from her.
“I was horrified. There’s no way I’m going to do that, I thought. All I needed to hear was that they were going to kill it.”
“‘I can’t do it, Mum,’ I said.”
Last year it was revealed that Susan Boyle’s mother refused to abort her after being advised by doctors to do so.
Miss Boyle said in her autobiography The Woman I Was Born To Be that doctors had told her 45-year-old mother of eight that having another baby could kill her.
The Scottish star, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, said that “doctors considered the danger so severe they offered a termination but that would have been unthinkable for my mother, a devout Catholic”.