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Twenty years on, Britney Spears remembers the “pain” and “fear” of her “excruciating” home abortion

Britney Spears has described her ‘DIY’ home abortion as “excruciating” and that even after twenty years she could still “remember the pain of it, and the fear”.

According to reports, in her recently released memoir, The Woman in Me, popstar Britney Spears revealed that she had an abortion after she fell pregnant with her former boyfriend and fellow singer, Justin Timberlake. Spears described the experience as “agonising” and said she would not have chosen it herself but Timberlake “didn’t want to be a father”.

It has since been revealed that the couple had agreed to keep the pregnancy and abortion a secret so decided to have an abortion at home.

“I do, twenty years later, remember the pain of it, and the fear”

“It was important that no one find out about the pregnancy or the abortion, which meant doing everything at home”, said Spears. She explained that the “excruciating” ordeal took “hours”.

“I kept crying and sobbing until it was all over. It took hours, and I don’t remember how it ended, but I do, twenty years later, remember the pain of it, and the fear”.

Spears reportedly “cried and sobbed” on the bathroom floor as her then-boyfriend Timberlake played the guitar in an effort to “help”. He began “strumming the guitar” as he “thought maybe music would help” she said.

Timberlake has chosen not to comment

An inside source revealed to the Daily Mail that Timberlake had never intended to speak about the decision and would try not to offer any comment.

“Justin thought that the decision that they made was a decision made together and he intended to never talk about it and for it to be kept their secret forever”, the source said.

“Now that Britney has mentioned it, and it will live forever in her book and whatever else she decides to mention, Justin is going to try not to say anything about it because he knows whatever he says from this point will likely be thrown back right at him”, the source added.

These revelations come as Justin Timberlake has faced criticism on social media for the role he had in Spears’ abortion.

After her relationship with Timberlake ended in 2002, Spears went on to have two more children with her second husband, Kevin Federline.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said “It is no great surprise that Timberlake is staying quiet on this matter. His conduct from the initial pressure on Spears to have an abortion, his refusal to accept the responsibilities of fatherhood, and his subsequent self-serving public support for abortion, are all deeply reprehensible actions. As the social media backlash has indicated, his fans are not impressed and nor should they be”.

“Sadly Spears’ experience of her home abortion is likely not uncommon as ‘DIY’ home abortions, at least in the UK, as of 2021, account for more than half of all abortions. This means there will likely be many women who have suffered a similar ordeal to Britney Spears during their home abortion too. FOI requests indicated that between April 2020 and September 2021, over 10,000 women had to receive hospital treatment following the use of medical abortion pills without medical supervision”.

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