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MTV's No Easy Decision Follows Teens Who Choose Abortion

By December 27, 2010

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If the TV and film industry threw a party and invited all of the biggest social ills -- alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, rape, drunk driving, infidelity, bullying, child pornography -- as guests, abortion would be persona non grata, the unwanted person. That's because in the world of mainstream media, depicting abortion on film or TV is akin to inviting a socially ostracized party guest whose mere presence is guaranteed to start a fight.

No matter what your opinions are, abortion is legal in the United States and annually, nearly 1.3 million women decide to terminate their pregnancies. Very few public discussions ever revolve around that decision. In a country that values, treasures, respects and honors the freedom of individual choice in nearly every other regard, a woman who chooses abortion frequently enjoys none of those courtesies from others here in the U.S. Going public with the statement, "I had an abortion" puts a woman at risk of threats of physical violence, intimidation, and alienation.

Of the estimated 750,000 teens who decide to have an abortion each year, most keep quiet about the decision. Media ignores their choices and their reality. Shows like The Secret Life of an American Teenager even go so far as to depict characters who are dissuaded from having an abortion; one leading character was actually sitting in a health clinic when the mother of a friend convinced her to change her mind.

In Juno, the title character's decision to have an abortion is rocked when she runs into an acquaintance protesting outside a clinic, chanting, "All babies want to get borned." Not since the 1982 teen film Fast Times at Ridgemont High has abortion been portrayed in a straightforward and non-judgmental manner.

One of the biggest criticisms facing the popular MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom is the deliberate exclusion of pregnant teens who consider and choose abortion. After showing dozens of pregnant teens who choose to give birth, MTV is finally inviting the unwanted guest to the party.

On Tuesday, December 28 at 11:30 pm, MTV is airing the special No Easy Decision which focuses on pregnant teens who choose abortion. Among the stories it follows is the the tale of Markai, a former 16 and Pregnant star who becomes pregnant a second time and decides to terminate her pregnancy. Dr. Drew Pinsky, who has appeared on previous MTV specials talking with teens about their decisions (including the stars of the popular Teen Mom series) will also be included in the conversation.

Knowing that the girls featured on the special will be bombarded with hate after their stories air, the website 16 and Loved is already up and running to provide messages of unconditional love and support to the three girls who are featured in No Easy Decision. The site offers readers a chance to post their own stories about abortion and leave comments for the girls to let them know that going public with their decision is a courageous act.

The driving force behind the site is Exhale, a nonprofit organization that provides a nonjudgmental national, multilingual after-abortion talkline and trained peer counselors. Exhale, which partnered with MTV during the production phase of the special, is covering the show with live blogging and a Twitter campaign. You can follow them @ExhaleProVoice on Twitter and look for the hashtags:#16andloved and #provoice to connect with other supporters.

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December 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(1) StewartIII says:
December 29, 2010 at 11:02 am
(2) Lisa says:

Doesn’t the fact that abortion is legal and widely accepted and still most women keep it secret tell you something fundamental about the act?
In this age of TMI, the fact that there is an issue millions of participants keep to themselves- even those who claim to be proud of it- tells you more than all the pro-life protests combined.
Abortion is wrong. It causes shame because it is shameful. Abortion doesn’t need a PR make-over-it’s not an image problem- it’s a problem of conscience.

December 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(3) Veronica says:

Lisa, you’re missing something here. You’re not considering the real reasons behind women’s feelings after having an abortion. We need to realize that how a woman feels following an abortion depends on several factors: 1) the community she lives in; 2) her upbringing; 3) the religion she is (or isn’t) a part of; 4) the culture she comes from; and 5) the reason for her having an abortion. For example, if she comes from a culture that highly values family and condemns abortion (and even birth control), then naturally, she will have a difficult time grappling with her decision. Likewise, any religion that condemns abortion (like the Roman Catholic church, which is undoubtedly anti-choice) would make her choice difficult. We also need to consider her reason for having an abortion: is she having an abortion because she truly wants one, is she having one because some other outside influence (like her family or most likely, her boyfriend) is saying that she should, or is she having one because, medically, she needs to? That, too, affects how she will feel after having an abortion.

It all boils down to this: women who truly feel that an abortion is right for them will feel no guilt or remorse afterward and that their decisions were sound. Likewise, women who choose not to abort for any reason will feel sound in their decisions. Either way, the choice will be theirs–and should be arrived at without ANYONE’S interference.

December 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(4) Help after Abortion says:

Abortion can seem like a “quick, easy solution”, but the experience leaves many women hurt for a lifetime. There is help for anyone who is experiencing depression, regrets, anxiety attacks, suicidal thoughts, etc after their abortion.

See “16 and need help” http://www.abortionrecovery.org/ for anyone of any age who is having difficulty coping with their abortion.

We all need to be compassionate, loving and helpful to women who are facing the very serious challenges of an unexpected pregnancy. I wish Markai had been able to find a life-supporting center in her community that would have helped her find resources for her family, along with providing factual information about fetal development. Markai’s baby was not a “ball of cells”, but her son or daughter’s heart was already beating. Unfortunately, the abortion industry, driven by money to sell as many abortions as possible, does not give women information about their baby’s development nor provide women with helpful resources because for every woman who chooses LIFE for her unborn baby, rather than abortion, the abortion industry loses $350-$2,000.

January 1, 2011 at 2:09 am
(5) Veronica says:

Anyone who thinks that people perform abortions to get rich is seriously deluded. Those of you who think that need to speak to the people who actually work at these clinics and especially to women who’ve had abortions. Many of them will tell you that it’s just not the case. If it was indeed true that docs perform abortions to get rich, then we can assume that physicians in other areas of medicine are in it for the money, too.

January 24, 2011 at 1:33 am
(6) FREE tea says:

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They found their subjects were unable to bond later
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April 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm
(7) Emelia says:

Don’t like abortions? dont get one. You have no idea what girls (16 years old like me) go through. Go find something better to do then judge our decisions.

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