The Slits star Viv Albertine has spent years haunted by her decision to abort a baby during the group's 1970s heyday.

The rocker makes the admission in her new biography, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys, revealing she was expecting a child with The Clash guitarist Mick Jones in 1978 but decided to have an abortion rather than give up her career.

In later life, Albertine struggled to conceive and underwent 11 attempts at in vitro fertilisation (Ivf) treatment. She also lost two babies before finally becoming mother to a little girl in 1999, and the musician admits the abortion haunted her throughout the process of trying to have a baby.

She is quoted in the book as saying, "I didn't regret the abortion for 20 years. But eventually I did and I still regret it now. I wish I'd kept the baby, whatever the cost. It's hard to live with."

However, Albertine is adamant women must have the right to choose, adding, "That cannot and must not be ever taken away from us."