Married at First Sight’s Jamie Otis Shares She Has Had Two Abortions

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Jamie Otis is talking up for ladies all over the place. 

Amid headline-sparking laws out of a number of states limiting or practically banning abortions, stars have come ahead to talk about their very own abortions, together with the Married at First Sight star. 

“I simply can’t proceed to sit down in silence whereas ladies’s elementary human rights are being taken away. I’m talking up for HER,” Otis wrote on Instagram. “I had an abortion. Twice. Is it one thing I am pleased with? Heck no! Nobody *needs* an abortion. It has left essentially the most painful gap in my coronary heart. However do I believe ladies needs to be stripped of their proper to decide on? Completely not.”

The fact star famous she had beforehand stored quiet on the topic after dealing with backlash when she wrote about it in her e book, Wifey 101. 

As Otis defined to Individuals, she acquired pregnant at 18 years outdated with the primary man she had intercourse with. Whereas she stated “in my household, you do not have abortions below any circumstances,” the fact star elected to have one as a result of she could not correctly present for a kid at the moment in her life.  

“You are a teen elevating your three youthful siblings on their own whereas your mother is off on drug binges. You are making an attempt to maintain meals on the desk, warmth & lights on in the home, AND put your self by way of school whereas working as a waitress,” she defined on Instagram of her previous. “You are not evil if you wish to break the cycle of welfare, drug habit, & elevating fatherless youngsters. You are not a monster if you wish to elevate youngsters in a loving, steady, wholesome setting.”

She informed Individuals she acquired pregnant once more whereas in nursing faculty. “I do not even need to admit that it occurred twice, however right here I’m sharing my story so different ladies can really feel that they don’t seem to be alone,” Otis stated. 

Right now, Otis is married to her husband of 5 years, Doug Hehner, whom she met on the primary season of the TV collection, and the 2 are mother and father to daughter Henley Grace. Otis has additionally spoken publicly in regards to the miscarriages she has suffered throughout their marriage. 

Jamie Otis, Doug Hehner


“After Doug and I acquired married, I knew my abortions have been one thing he wanted to learn about me earlier than we began our family,” she informed Individuals.

“My palms have been sweaty once I informed him. I knew this revelation may change issues. However Doug’s response could not have been extra loving and supportive. He stated, ‘I am so sorry you needed to make this resolution so younger. That was so courageous of you.’ He noticed my choices from a standpoint that was so fully completely different from mine.”

Greater than a decade later, “my abortions nonetheless torment me and I hate that I needed to have them,” she informed the journal. “Nevertheless, am I grateful? In fact. I would not be capable of be a superb mom to my daughter proper now or have been capable of be a superb father or mother to my siblings again then.”

Now, she’s additionally grateful for the dearth of backlash concerning what she’s shared and inspired ladies to assist one another. 

“We won’t hate on ladies and stifle their voices and their wants – particularly if we’ve not walked of their footwear. As an alternative, let’s give attention to training so as to forestall undesirable pregnancies. Let’s elevate victims up in assist and allow them to know they matter & their voice is heard and revered,” she wrote on Instagram. “Girls, it doesn’t matter what our perception is-we’ve acquired to assist each other. Love is the one method we will actually make change on this world…we can’t standby & let males take away our elementary human rights.”

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