MTV Announces '16 And Pregnant' Abortion Special — That's Brave, But Will It Be Exploitive?

Wed, December 22, 2010 10:47am EST by 10 Comments

We know Sarah Palin will have a meltdown – tackling the topic of abortion and teens , but it’s a big issue and we wonder-  can MTV handle it well?

MTV is planning a bold addition to their 16 and Pregnant franchise with a new special focusing on abortion called No Easy DecisionEntertainment Weekly reports that the special, airing at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 28, will follow former 16 and Pregnant star Markai Durham as she debates whether or not to have an abortion after becoming pregnant for a second time. Celebrity Rehab host Dr. Drew Pinsky will also be involved with the project, discussing abortion with other real-life teens who elected to terminate their pregnancies.

We understand MTV is aiming to show all sides of teen pregnancy with their programming,and we applaud the channel’s decision to explore the subject based on one girl’s  journey . We just hope this is all done with warmth and sympathy and is not exploitive.

We also fear that if Markai does decide to opt to terminate her pregnancy,  that she will get hate mail and possibly even death threats. Thankfully – for those who worried  that the shows, 16 and Pregnant, and Teen Mom, would encourage teen pregnancies – the  new data doesn’t support that. The nation’s teen birth rate hit an all time low in 2009, according to the National Center of Health Statistics government , released Dec 22nd.

—Bonnie Fuller

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Posted at 11:52 AM on February 4, 2011  

Everyone should calm down. Everyone believed that 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom would make girls think having a baby is great and everything else, yet teen birth rates are at an all time low. Teens don’t want to have babies so young because these shows are showing them how difficult it is to juggle having a baby, working, going to school, and spending time with friends can be.
It makes sense for MTV to be doing an abortion show, because its something that occurs daily and isn’t just going away. Teens, and adults as well, should be aware of ALL of their options when they find out they’re pregnant. Some individuals can’t afford a baby, and can’t even afford the medical costs to have to go to the doctor during a pregnancy, so how can you say they can just give it up for adoption? Not all people who adopt babies can afford to pay another person’s medical bills (especially with the cost of just delivering the baby!) so sometimes adoption can’t be chosen.
Everyone has the right to their own opinion, whether you believe abortion is alright or it isn’t. I don’t necessarily believe that it’s a good thing to do, or a bad thing. I think its an alright option for individuals who can’t afford a child, whether it be to keep it for the long run, or they simply couldn’t even afford to have it because of hospital bills. I do believe that those who simply choose to have an abortion because they don’t want to have another baby, even though they can afford it and have no actual reason not to keep it, or not to consider adoption, is wrong. If you have the means to keep a child, or to put it up for adoption, you should do it. But for those who can’t, and have reasons for why they can’t, leave them alone. You don’t know anyone’s story so don’t judge them until you do.

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Posted at 5:25 PM on January 3, 2011  

im with CHARLOTTE i don’t understand why MTV keep coming out with this 16 AND PREGNANT was ok but now this is going to far it’s so many teen out here that are haven babies and they are still baby they self….killing a unborn child is not the way to go it’s weman out here that cant have kids and looking for adoption there are still some good people out here….one thing is teen are have kids left to right and something need to be done…and most teen are having a baby to keep the baby dad’s around and it’s not working. These young teen need real support from someone.But i no some girl dont have family to tell them what right and wrong…. PLEASE DO NOT BRING THIS SHOW TO MTV

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Posted at 4:49 PM on December 27, 2010  

Words can barely express how nauseated I am at the thought of this baby-killing special. Mediocre Television is a major fail.

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Posted at 3:20 PM on December 23, 2010  

This is horrible!

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Posted at 5:30 PM on December 22, 2010  

I’m proud of Markai for being responsible enough to consider that she might not be ready to bring another life into this world.

The opposite of pro-choice isn’t pro-life – its anti-choice.

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Posted at 12:50 AM on January 2, 2011  

I’ve never understood the term “pro-choice”. When people use it, it’s one sided because they can’t stand the idea of someone CHOOSING to keep their baby. “Pro-life” people are about the choice to keep the baby. There’s always a choice, and it doesn’t have to be killing your unborn baby.

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Posted at 2:40 PM on December 22, 2010  

I am really exicted to see this. But I do not agree with ANY women’s choice to kill heir baby, which is what they do if you agree with abortion or not. If you don’t want a child, 1) don’t have sex, then 2) when you ingore 1, put it up for adoption! because there are so many peopole out there that DO want that child.

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Posted at 11:24 AM on December 22, 2010  

They’ve shown girls keeping their babies (that shouldn’t have) and girls giving up their babies and now it’s time to show another option. And all the teen pregnancy shows on MTV are exploitative so I don’t know why you’re just bitching about this one.

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Posted at 11:04 AM on December 22, 2010  

what is wrong with MTV? as a mom with 2 teenage daughters of my own you can bet i wont be letting them watch this awful show.

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Posted at 11:01 AM on December 22, 2010  

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