MTV star regrets her abortion: 'I feel like I made a mistake and I can’t take it back'

16-And-Pregnant star Jamie McKay wrote, “I should have looked into my options more but I didn’t.”
Mon Nov 5, 2012 - 2:31 pm EST

ASHEVILLE, NC, November 5, 2012, ( – The star of a reality show that chronicled her first pregnancy has expressed her regret that she aborted her second child.

Fans initially thought Jamie McKay, who appeared on MTV’s 16-And-Pregnant in 2011, had miscarried when she posted a picture of her unborn baby’s sonogram with the words, “Rest in peace little angel. September 17, 2012.”

McKay responded: “Thank you all for the love and support but I want you to know I did not miscarry. I chose abortion.”


“I chose it out of fear. I feel like I made a mistake and I can’t take it back,” she wrote. “I have had this in my heart and it has been very hard on me. 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.”

She appeared burdened just before posting the picture, when she wrote, “When you have something heavy on your heart and you carry it around everywhere you go. ?#cantchangethepast.”

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The reality star has a two-year-old daughter named Miah from the same father, Ryan McElrath. She said that she “struggled” with the decision, because “Ryan was out of town.”

“He let me make my decisions,” she wrote. 

It appears the teen, who now works at Subway, became pregnant in between birth control shots.  “I was going from depo [provera] to implanon. I forgot my shot appointment And Made an appointment for implanon instead [sic],” she wrote.

Twitter followers warned her to expect to grieve the child for the rest of her life.

McKay responded, “I will always remember that child. And I pray for it everyday.”

“Silent No More,” a group of women who regret their abortions, make up one of the most significant parts of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year.

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