Termination of pregnancy
is a difficult choice for anyone but when it is undertaken by a member of a high profile girl band, there are additional pressures.
Coleen Nolan became pregnant at the age of 16, nearly 30 years ago, and as she had just joined her sisters' pop group The Nolans, felt unable to tell anyone of her situation and opted for an abortion.
Her parent's Catholicism meant she kept the pregnancy a secret from her family and discharged herself early to avoid a night in hospital and the risk of arousing any suspicion.
Ms Nolan commented: "Intuitively I'd known I was pregnant. I woke one morning to a strange feeling of nausea, and in the back of my mind was the niggling reminder that I had lost my virginity to my boyfriend Robin Smith, the keyboard player in our band, four weeks earlier and we hadn't used anything."
Thirty years on, abortion procedures are more advanced. Women can also opt for a private abortion without involving their GP.