Abortion is a sensitive topic here in the good ol' USoA. Some ladies stand by their pro-choice values, while others see the practice as an abomination. And there's no shortage of feelings and emotions when it comes this wedge issue — on either side of the political spectrum!
So it goes without saying that when 16 and Pregnant Season 3 star Jamie McKay revealed on Twitter that she aborted her baby, the Internet practically broke. Here's how the whole thing went down:
The Asheville, N.C. native, who had her first child Miah in 2010, got pregnant for the second time earlier this year. On Nov. 1, she led her Twitter followers to believe that she miscarried when she posted, "Rest in peace little angel. September 17, 2012" along with an ultrasound picture.
A few minutes later, she cleared up the confusion: "Thank you all for the love and support but I want you to know I did not miscarry. I chose abortion."
Although she stands by her decision, it doesn't come without regret. "I chose it out of fear. I feel like I made a mistake and I can't take it back. I have had this in my heart and it has been very hard on me," she said. "I was afraid to be judged by my family, my mother, even my dad. So I did it before they could find out. I should have looked into my options more but I didn't."
Jamie's boyfriend, Ryan McElrath — who is the father of Miah as well as the second baby — has been nothing short of supportive during this difficult time.
As for Jamie's Twitter followers, some have reached out with words of comfort, while others have made their disapproval clear. Either way, we applaud the teen mom for being brave enough to share her story with young women who might be going through a similar ordeal.
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