Last night, MTV aired “No Easy Decision,” a spin-off of the popular reality series, “16 and Pregnant.” The special follows “16 and Pregnant” alum Markai as she struggles with the decision to have an abortion after unexpectedly becoming pregnant for the second time.

Unlike some who use abortion as a form of birth control, Markai and her boyfriend claim they were using contraception when she became pregnant again.

“I just never knew [the Depo-Provera] ran out,” Markai recalls. “They give you a time limit to get the shot again. [It’s] like days-days, so I thought I had time. I guess not.”

“No Easy Decisions” does not glamorize abortion, if anything it shows how much of a gut-wrenching decision deciding to terminate a pregnancy can be.  The show takes an in-depth look at the outcomes of unplanned pregnancies and shows Markai researching her options. During the show she consults her partner, James, her friends, her mom and several counselors. She does not come to the decision to terminate her pregnancy lightly, and the show captures the gravity of the situation.

Despite her apprehension, Markai and James ultimately decide to go through with the abortion because they do not want their daughter, one-year-old Za’karia, to suffer because of the financial burden involved in raising two children. In the special, Markai says that no one is ever “pro-abortion,” but sometimes women “have to do what’s right” in order to be a responsible adult.

Expectedly, MTV’s decision to air the special came under fire by pro-life groups even before the show hit the airwaves. Conservative pro-life blogger Jill Stanek argues that although MTV claimed to present the issue from all sides, no “pro-life” groups were included in the special.

“According to Entertainment Weekly, MTV’s December 28 abortion reality show ‘will tackle all sides of the issue,’ ” Stanek writes. “This apparently means the pro-life perspective will simply get tackled. The new website, 16 and Loved, sponsored by the pro-abortion group Exhale, states that MTV collaborated with it for the program.”

Although Stanek positions Exhale as a “pro-abortion” group, it is decidedly apolitical. Exhale offers non-judgemental support to women who’ve had an abortion. Their aim is to provide support and resources to help women and their families deal with the difficult emotional repercussions of terminating a pregnancy.

Abortion is a hot-button issue that continues to divide. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, “No Easy Decision” shed new light on a part of the issue—teen abortions—that few get to see.

Watch an extended clip from “No Easy Decisions” and share your thoughts.

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  • SDurham

    I have always been Pro Choice as I am in my fortys I have noticed my views slightly shifting. I am very proud of my daughter Markai for having the courage to share a very personal/private issue with the world!!! Just in case u missed it 1 out of 3 women (not teens) have an abort.. Markai has a good support group, what bout the women who dont and have to face it alone. The only reason I agreed to do MTV 16 and pregnant/ special episode was totally hers and James decison was to educate young ladies about their irresponsible descions to have sex and how it effects their parents! I cant be responsible for what was edited by the producers…trust me there was a whole lot…..I didnt consider that they need ratings. I am going to tell yall what I told her. Be prepared for ppl to critisize/judge u, as long as u can look urself in the mirror and know u have touched or help someone u will be ok…We are all here to be servants of the heavenly father maybe it was her calling to share so then she can educate from her own lifes experience once she graduates from college…who really knows but the Lord!

  • After reading all the comments, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone or most people in this debate are judging one another. If you’re abstinent, you’re repressed. If you’re pro-choice, you support murder/murderers. Can’t we have a mature discussion without name calling? Both sides are throwing generalizations at each other. It’s all very childish to me. I guess, I’m judging this whole conversation. It seems rather futile to discuss whether or not abortion is right or wrong. It’s like debating on the existence of God. Both sides will remain unconvinced of the other side’s stance. You can say if it’s right or wrong for you, and explain why without attacking someone else’s opinion or belittling them and/or elevating yourself to that of an enlightened being. Anyways, that’s my opinion.

  • hugh BNYN


    The open, stated, long established agenda of our Globalist RED China ‘friendly’
    establishment (THINK ultra-rich tax free ‘charitable’ foundations a la Rockefeller,
    Carnegie, Ford, Soros, Buffet, —-GATES) is the eugenist dream of 90% extermination of humanity by 2100. ON RECORD FACT

    100 MILLION Americans are to be ‘eliminated’ by 2050 via sterilization, viruses,
    tainted water, food, vaccines, war —and certainly their ‘fave; means —abortion.

    CHECK OUT “ENDGAME’ documentary on Youtube. ESP. the second half.

    The agenda’s been operating since the 1890’s and has its fingerprints all over
    2 world wars, communism, fasacism and nazism. CHECK IT OUT!

    In their studies conducted back in the 1920’s and 30’s they ‘experimented’
    with ‘special schools’ where kids were encouraged to fornicate from an early
    age. They learned such subjects were almost entirely incapable of bonding
    later in life —-hence the end of family and traditional culture.

    They programmed promiscuity into mainstream acceptance via their totally
    engineered, totally fake and set-up ‘POP culture’ from the 60’s on.

    Oprah was used to ‘predictive program’ the unthinkable (i.e. extermination of
    one’s unborn in the name of ‘lifestyle and selfhood’). FACT


    DO the homework