Media reports have been swirling for months around pop star Britney Spears and her ever-contentious conservatorship battle, but a new report about the singer’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is sure to spark even more discussion.
Jamie Lynn purportedly writes in her new memoir, “Things I Should Have Said,” set for release in January 2022, that her inner circle pressured her to have an abortion after she unexpectedly got pregnant in 2007, Fox News reported.
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The actress, who was 16 at the time and starred in Nickelodeon hit show “Zoey 101,” reportedly shares in the book that some of the people around her were concerned about the impact the pregnancy would have on her career.
Here’s what TMZ reported about the contents of Jamie Lynn’s book:
In one passage, Spears says people from her inner circle, “… came to my room trying to convince me that having a baby at this point in my life was a terrible idea … ‘It will kill your career. You are just too young. You don’t know what you’re doing. There are pills you can take. We can help you take care of this problem … I know a doctor,'” adding, “everyone around me just wanted to make this ‘issue’ disappear.”
Jamie Lynn says flatly, “…everyone was certain that termination would be the best course of action.”
Jamie Lynn’s decision to keep the baby and to rebuff suggestions that she give the child up for adoption also sparked tension and an argument with her father.
The actress and singer also claims she was prevented from telling her sister, Britney, about the pregnancy and that the hurt of not being able to personally reveal the news to her big sister “still lingers.”
According to TMZ, Jamie Lynn’s family reportedly hid her until news of the pregnancy broke and her phone was supposedly taken away in an effort to contain the news.
Pro-life organization Live Action weighed in on the story and noted these claims and experiences are much more common for pregnant young girls than some might realize.
“The pressure to abort their babies and the notion that they are incapable of being mothers at that time, and will not have support, often causes them to abort their babies,” Live Action’s Nancy Flanders wrote. “While society presents preborn human beings as ‘issues’ or ‘problems’ to be killed because they don’t fit into someone’s picture of their life, they are just innocent human beings who deserve the right to life.”
The full scope and message presented in the book are currently unclear due to the limited nature of the information being offered, though reports about the excerpts are sure to spark increased discussion and curiosity around the Spears family and the abortion claims more specifically.
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