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'16 and Pregnant' teen regrets ending second pregnancy in abortion

Nov. 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM ET

When Jamie McKay first became pregnant, the struggling teen took her story to the MTV docu-series "16 and Pregnant." There she shared the details for the benefit of other young women who might find themselves in similar situations. But as it turned out, after having her first child, it was McKay who soon found herself in thatvery same situation again.

At 18, Jamie was pregnant, but this time she made a different decision. She still shared her story with others, albeit in a very different way -- via Twitter, but she didn't go through with the pregnancy.

Last week, she posted an ultrasound image (which she later deleted) and wrote, "Rest in peace little angel. September 17, 2012."

The message caused some confusion for her Twitter followers, who at first seemed to believe she'd suffered a miscarriage. In a seriesoftweets that followed, she cleared up the confusion.

"Thank you all for the love and support but I want you to know I did not miscarry," she wrote. "I chose abortion. I chose it out of fear. I feel like I made a mistake and I can't take it back. 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."

Reactions among those who read her story ranged from supportive to angry, but Jamie hasn't shied away from any of them. She continues to respond to followers and often retweets messages from those who've commented.

According to Jamie, Ryan McElrath, her boyfriend and the father of their daughter, Miah, "has been supportive through it all." And, "in case you all were wondering, he is the father of that child too. And he let me make my decisions."

While Jamie expressed regret about her choice, she later added, "In my heart I know I made the right decision. But sometimes I wish I hadn't."

For a look at Jamie's "16 and Pregnant" story, watch the video below.

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