Married at First Sight’s Jamie Otis Reveals She Had 2 Abortions: I Can’t ‘Sit in Silence’


Telling her truth. Jamie Otis had two abortions in the past and shared her story with her followers.

“I’ve been keeping a shameful secret,” the Married at First Sight alum, 32, wrote on Instagram on Monday, May 20. “The only place I had the guts to share about it was in my book, Wifey 101. And boy, did I get backlash. It’s very controversial. Some women who read my book came right here to my page to spew the most hurtful words at me. They’ve called me all sorts of cruel names. I hate to admit it, but I caved to their hatred. I just couldn’t cope with it all, so I kept quiet about my truth.”

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I’ve been keeping a shameful secret. The only place I had the guts to share about it was in my book, Wifey 101. And boy, did I get backlash. • Its very controversial. Some women who read my book came right here to my page to spew the most hurtful words at me. They’ve called me all sorts of cruel names. I hate to admit it, but I caved to their hatred. I just couldn’t cope with it all, so I kept quiet about my truth. But I just cannot continue to sit in silence while women’s fundamental human rights are being taken away. I am speaking up for HER. • I had an abortion. Twice. Is it something I’m proud of? Heck no! No one *wants* an abortion. It has left the most painful hole in my heart. But do I think women should be stripped of their right to choose? Absolutely not. • I’m speaking up for the little girl who was raped. She’s been through enough pain. She needs to know her voice DOES matter. For the woman who has a medical condition and will die if she carries. This woman should be allowed to decide what’s best for her. And for the young adult who is just like I was…I am speaking up for YOU. • You’re a teenager raising your 3 younger siblings all alone while your mom is off on drug binges. You’re trying to keep food on the table, heat & lights on in the house, AND put yourself through college while working as a waitress. You’re not evil if you want to break the cycle of welfare, drug addiction, & raising fatherless children. You’re not a monster if you want to raise children in a loving, stable, healthy environment. • There *is* a shade of grey. I dont believe in aborting at every stage of pregnancy. What I do believe in is EDUCATION AND PREVENTION.🙏🏻 • We can’t hate on women and stifle their voices and their needs – especially if we haven’t walked in their shoes. Instead, let’s focus on education in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Let’s lift victims up in support and let them know they matter & their voice is heard and respected. • Ladies, no matter what our belief is-we’ve got to support one another. Love is the only way we can truly make change in this world…we cannot standby & let men take away our fundamental human rights.💗#womensrights

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Referring to the six-week abortion ban passed by Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota, the former reality star went on to say, “I just cannot continue to sit in silence while women’s fundamental human rights are being taken away. I am speaking up for HER. I had an abortion. Twice. Is it something I’m proud of? Heck no! No one *wants* an abortion. It has left the most painful hole in my heart. But do I think women should be stripped of their right to choose? Absolutely not.”

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Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis attend the A+E Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2019 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images

In the social media upload, the “Hot Marriage, Cool Parents” host took a smiling selfie in a pink dress.

While the former TV personality was worried about the response her honest upload would get, she was pleasantly surprised.

“I  spent 4 hours writing and re-writing this caption. This has been one of the scariest posts/truths I’ve ever shared. I was so fearful for the backlash…but there’s next to none,” Otis wrote. “Even if you don’t agree with me, you’re not hating on me. I want to thank the women who don’t necessarily agree with me for loving me anyway. We may not agree, but we can agree to disagree and love each other anyway.. I love you. I am thankful for YOU.”

The Bachelor alum and her husband, Doug Hehner, met and fell in love in 2014 on the first season of FYI’s Married at First Sight. One year after suffering a miscarriage in 2016, the couple welcomed their now 20-month-old daughter, Henley Grace. They suffered another miscarriage in January.

The New York native isn’t the only celeb to share her story on social media. Milla Jovovich, Minka Kelly and April Love Geary have also recently opened up about their abortions.

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