Britney Spears’ 16-Year-Old Sister Jamie Lynn Decides Against Abortion

Jamie Lynn Spears the 16-year-old younger sister of Britney Spears announced her pregnancy in an interview with OK! Magazine.  The younger Spears, also a star in her own right acting in the show 'Zoey 101', told the celebrity magazine: "I can't say it was something I was planning to do right now.  But now that it's in my lap and that it's something I have to deal with, I'm looking forward to being the best mom I can be."

As for her decision to keep the baby, Spears told OK! "I think my whole life I would have to live with knowing what I did or what I didn't do."

Spears discouraged sex before marriage saying, "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait. But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in."

But, she is ready to live up to the consequences of her actions.  "I'm the one who has to live with it for the rest of my life," she says. "I put myself in this position, an adult position, so I have to act like an adult and take responsibility for what I did."

Spears' mother Lynne Spears told the magazine she was supportive and ready and willing to help.

Georgette Forney, director of Silent No More, an organization of women speaking out on the pain of abortion commented to LifeSiteNews.com about the news.  "I'm grateful that Jamie Lynn and her parents were able to recognize that the issue of premarital sex needs to be separated from the issue of a pregnancy, the result of premarital sex," said Forney. 

Forney explained, "In my situation, when I was sixteen I didn't want people to know I was having premarital sex so I had an abortion to cover up that sin.  And I have regretted that every day of my life."

Forney added, "I applaud this young lady for having the courage to face the reality of what often happens in premarital sex and allow herself the joy of celebrating the pregnancy even under the circumstances that are less than perfect.  It doesn't make the child conceived less than perfect.  I celebrate with the Spears' the fact that there will be a new family member."

The Silent No More leader concluded, "Hopefully Jamie Lynn's experience will help other families use this opportunity to talk to their sons and daughters about the consequences of premarital sex.  I'd like to see this used as an opportunity for further discussion and an opportunity to teach our young people about abstaining in the beginning."

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  • Guest

    I give Jamie Lynn a lot of credit.  She has a lot more character than her older sister.  Of course I don't condone the fact that she had premarital sex, particularly at a young age.  But she's one of many teenage girls (and boys) who do the exact same thing;  the only difference is that her pregnancy makes her actions visible.  Plenty of other people would have chosen abortion rather than wear this badge for 9 months, but she is mature enough to acknowledge her mistakes and take responsibility for them.  The media has been all over her, and I find it ironic because the media totally encourages premarital sex in a variety of ways, but then is shocked when someone gets pregnant!  I do wish that Jamie Lynn would consider adoption.  

  • Guest

    It is always a difficult line to walk in the pro-life movement – every child conceived is good and has great value.  But we have to communicate that message by also indicating that because of the child's great value, it should be conceived in the situation that gives the child the greatest chance at happiness, which is to be conceived in a stable family.  We have to discuss with our children the fact that premarital sex is unfair to the children you might conceive before marriage, and even unfair to the children you conceive after marriage for many reasons.  It places your future children at risk because an unchaste lifestyle risks the parents' health.  It places your future children at risk because an unchaste lifestyle so often leads to bad marriage choices.  Jamie-Lynn's child is precious, but is starting life in very difficult circumstances.  For one, this child will most likely never live in a home with his or her married biological parents – although we are getting to a point where children living in that situation may become a minority and may not even be able to relate to that ideal.  That's sad enough.   Discussing these issues with your children is important, so that they can recognize the value of the child without glorifying the difficult circumstances into which this child is being born.  I think LifeSiteNews should be careful to make these points as well.

  • Guest

    Claire,

    You are so right on this issue.  The media is goofed.  Thank GOd for the saving of the life of this wonderful child!

    GK – God is good!

  • Guest

    Anybody notice what didn't happen, but so often does? Jamie Lynn's mother did not browbeat, threaten or intimidate Jamie Lynn into having an abortion. Quite the contrary. "Supportive and ready to help," is her response when asked by OK! Magazine for her reaction to the news of her daughter's pregnancy. We must not take that level of support for granted. According to The Elliot Institute (http://www.afterabortion.org), 83% of women surveyed who had an abortion said they definitely would not have chosen abortion if they had been encouraged differently by the people who played a role in their abortion decision.

    (BTW Claire, Lisa Welchel, late of the TV sitcom "Facts of Life," has publicly come to Jamie Lynn's defense in her decision to carry her baby to term. Also interesting are her comments on "role modeling" in the world of media celebs):

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/FallConcert/story?id=4032940&page=1

    As to whether Jamie Lynn ought to adopt the baby out, considering sister Brittany's "parenting skills" (or lack of), perhaps that may be a better option for the child.

  • Guest

    Why would anyone be surprised at this event…Look back at what Britney was doing at that age, the oversexualized videos…shame on that mother for allowing her child to be involved in that at that age…and for ruining many other young girls' chastity….please don't blame all of Brit's problems on her…her mother did not do her primary job, which is protect her from the world when she was young…her mother is about money money money

     I don't know about adoption in this case…in one sense, the mother is young enough to raise her (Jamie Lynn's mother)…but in another sense, the job that was done with Brit is shameful…and where is the father!!

    What needs to be addressed is that this young girl is not really of an age to consent in many states…she may be mature, but the father of the baby in the womb needs to be mature, and not take advantage of a young girl….what I am afraid of, and many others are also, is that this is some kind of bid for attention from a young girl who has an older sister gone wild…

    Also annoying are the many voices tsk tsking about her getting pregnant…well, those are the same voices that don't care about the commercialization of sexuality…they just don't want pregnancy connected with sex…and then there are the folks who say someone should have taught her about contraception…huh?  is it really possible teens are not aware of it?  it's pushed in their faces all the time

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