Markai Durham, 16 and Pregnant Star, Under Fire Over Abortion Special

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MTV somehow managed to upstage the antics of Teen Mom firebrand Amber Portwood this week with a controversial episode of 16 and Pregnant.

The special, entitled "No Easy Decision," chronicled the decision of Markai Durham, 19, to terminate her second pregnancy. Yes. She had an abortion.

Durham already has a daughter with her teenage boyfriend, and the couple concluded, sadly, that they simply couldn't afford to raise another child.

16 19 AND PREGNANT: Markai Durham made the decision to end her second pregnancy. Reactions to this vary widely depending on one's view of abortion.

While Entertainment Weekly called the MTV reality show a "vivid, unsparing look" at a "harrowing decision," Fox News described the special as "controversial."

The N.Y. Post reports that anti-abortion critics railed against the "one-sided portrayal" of the issue, saying "the pro-life issue will simply get tackled."

For her part, Markai Durham is standing by her decision saying, "I get sad from time to time thinking about it, but then everything happens for a reason."

A post on Durham's Facebook fan page sought to quell negativity as well:

"Let me say this again: If you DONT like Markai or her decision. UNLIKE the page, its simple. Markai feels enough pain for making her choice, she DOESNT need to be ridiculed for it. Shes been honest with you when she could have hid it."

"Have some respect or leave! Seriously there are plenty of pages "talking (expletive)" so go there. Dont waste your time, Im just going to ban you."

If nothing else, you have to credit Markai for courageously subjecting herself to the criticism she knew she'd face when this special episode aired.

Was their decision not to have a child they couldn't afford actually responsible? Why not practice safe sex? Is it all unethical? So many questions.

No matter where you stand on the pro-life issue, abortions do happen. What do you think? Did MTV tackle the subject fairly? Share your comments.

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Whore. Whore. Whore.

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Um Samantha you're saying anyone who gets an abortion should die? You sound like such a hypocrite!! What if some 11 year old was raped by her father and had gotten pregnant, why would you want to make the girl who had been through enough trauma already have to go through that? Or what if a mother finds out she has cancer and has to terminate the pregnancy in order to treatment and has other children at home who need their mother? Abortion in no way is the easy way out by any means! Just think about this what if it was your daughter who was raped or her life was at risk and had to terminate the pregnancy? Would you wish death upon her? No I don't agree with what she did but I am not sitting here wishing death on her. All you people who call yourself Christians need to take a look at yourselves in the mirror, calling her stupid, a baby killer, and wishing death upon her, only God can judge and the bible says to love thy neighbor as yourself!

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All i gotta say is wow you don't agree with it great calm the fuck down and grow up its like things happen its not a form of birth control that for sure but things happen people make mistakes if your so chriistian go to church and pray about it don't bad mouth other people that's not a christian thing to do only god can judge so shut ur mouth im not pro abortion but every girl is entitled to one if need be after that then there being careless if its was murder it wouldn't be legal in the us and canada and they only allow it to 16 weeks after that its developing brain can coprehend pain watever saying she needs to die etc etc your not a christian your messed. Even if ur not religious and your against something just don't do it yourself those are your morals n values don't push ur beliefs on someone else. ... walk a mile in there shoes... not all babies can be adopted if they could there wouldn't be millions of dying children starving in africa etc i just get annoyed with ignorant people

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I DESPISE BITCHES WHO GET ABORTION IM 23 AND HAVE 3 SMALL KIDS I HAVE ENUFF TITS TO TAKE ON THIS RESPONSIBILTY ME AND MY HUSBAND R GOOD ITS FUKN HARD WE STRUGGLE BUT WE KOOL THSE GURLS WHO GAVE THERE KIDS AWAY AND ABORTD THSE INNOCENT R SELFISH GURLS DNT KNW 2 THEY HNSTLY 2 FUKIN LAZY JUS DNT WANA GO THE XTRA MILE THS IS GODS GIFT !IF U DISAGREE ASK UR PARENTS WUD U LIKE 2 HEAR IF UR MOM CUD OF ABORTED U HOW WUD U FEEL! SO YALL MURDERERS KAN GO 2 HELL! FUCK URSELF IF U KANT HANDLE DA TRUTH IF U NEVR EXPRIENCE PREGNANCY Y R U HERE UR 2CENTS ARE POINTLESS ! MARKAI U SHUD OF USED A CONDOM AND B.C UR NOT DA DUMB 2 NT KNW WAT HAPPENZ THRE NO XCUSE AND THEN KILL DA BABY UR A DUMB SELFISH BITCH

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Fucking beitch need to be beating until she half dead then she can be hang from a tree.

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Okay, the bitch who ran her mouth about wtf is wrong with her, I went through the same thing. A few months after I had a baby at 17 I had an abortion. Until you've actually faced a decision like that, I'd advise you to keep your mouth shut. You don't know wtf you're talking about. The real harm in getting an abortion is when you just don't feel like having a baby, when you have a real reason, it's rationable.

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Leave Markai Alone Honestly, i'm proud of her for having the strength to not only make a tough decision like that, but then to be honest about it with the public. The fact of the matter is that it was her choice and she deals with the consequences. Even if you've had to make that decision, you have NO RIGHT to ridicule her decision with disrespect. If you want to say that you disagree then that's understandable but to call her all these names and disrespect her is just unacceptable. She needs SUPPORT! Not disrespect. So disappointed with those who wrote all of those disrespectful comments, especially those individuals who are female. Women need to support each other.

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i agree with annonymus all the comment are sick and gross

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And for all the people saying she should have just used birth control, you obviously haven't had sex before. Birth control is not going to stop you getting pregnant EVERY single time. It's not that easy to say 'just wear a condom', because it won't always work, and there will ALWAYS be people who did everything correctly and still got pregnant. Stuff like that happens. Markai was on birth control when she got pregnant the second time. Normally the injection takes a bit to flush out of your system. Hers was an anomaly and flushed out quickly. It happens

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People, stop judging. I too, am not sure that I would have made that choice if I was in her situation. But that’s the thing. I’m not in her situation, so who am I to pass judgement? Who are any of us? Everybody is different. And we don’t know how the life of that baby would have turned out. It could have compromised the quality of life of Markai, her boyfriend, and the child they already have. But it could not have. Who knows? No-one. So we should all just stop judging the poor girl because she didn’t take this decision lightly.