MTV to Air 'No Easy Decision' Special on Teen Abortion

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"No Easy Decision," an MTV documentary, follows three teens who chose to have abortions. Credit: Getty

MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" series may have helped bring teenage parents into the media spotlight, but the struggles of pregnant teens who choose not to go through with their pregnancies is rarely portrayed.

"No Easy Decision," set to air on MTV on Dec. 28, will follow teenagers, including Markai who was featured on "16 and Pregnant," who chose to abort their pregnancies.

Rumors had surfaced that Markai had gotten pregnant a separate time and had an abortion before giving birth to her daughter, Zakaria. Jezebel reports she wrote the following on her Facebook page:

"Its Not A Baby At All Until I Think You 3rd Trimester (I Could Be Mistaken) Its Only A Fetus Which Means Its Only A GROUP OF CELLS TRYING TO FORM INTO SOMEONE. && Its Not Our Right To Judge / Girls Who Do Get An Abortion. Thats Like Judging Someone Because There Gay Or Black Or Whatever."

Abortion has been covered a handful of times on "16 & Pregnant." Jezebel reports that Jenelle from the second season wrote this about her decision to keep her baby:

"I chose to keep Jace because it was my responsibility. I was the one who had sex. If I gave him up for adoption, I would have felt selfish because I knew I could have taken care of him. And abortion just sounded so harsh. When my mom found out I was pregnant, she really pushed for me to have an abortion. She tried to explain how hard it was going to be to raise a child. A couple of months later, when it was too late for an abortion, she suggested adoption. Regardless, I stressed to her that neither of those plans were an option for me. (I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake taking care of a baby! The reality? It's like having only 24 hours to swim across the world.)"

MTV has involved the pro-choice community with "No Easy Decision" by partnering with Exhale, a non-judgmental counseling service for women who have chosen to have abortions. Jezebel reports the partnership has launched the website 16AndLoved where viewers can share their support for Markai and the other two young women featured in the special.

There have already been posts of encouragement on the site.

"I had an abortion at 17," one visitor writes. "I never questioned the decision but felt over the years that it somehow made me bad. I don't feel that way now. What you are doing is revolutionary. I would never have the courage to tell my own story but it so needs to be done!"

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.