Biased MTV Reality Show No Easy Decision Features Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 27, 2010   |   2:09PM   |   Washington, DC

The MTV television network that ran the show 16 and Pregnant will feature a new program tomorrow night called “No Easy Decision” that will feature a former cast member who decides whether or not to have an abortion.

The program is drawing attention because the subject of abortion is not frequently presented on television and, when it is, rarely is considerable time devoted to discussing it.

A young black woman named Markai, who was on an earlier episode of the teen pregnancy show and is the mother of one child, becomes pregnant again. The special will air on December 28 at 11:30 p.m. and will follow Markai through her decision of whether to have her baby.

Those who wonder why girls on the teen pregnancy program who decided to have an abortion are never shown doing so may finally see more about the abortion decision and potentially more about the abortion process itself.

But, when MTV shows the much-discussed program tomorrow, pro-life blogger Jill Stanek says it will be biased.

“According to Entertainment Weekly, MTV’s December 28 abortion reality show ‘will tackle all sides of the issue,'” she 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 MTV collaborated with it for the program.”

The web site indicates: “16 & Loved is a campaign to give our public support to the 3 young women who told their abortion story on the MTV special – “No Easy Decision” – created for the popular series “16 & Pregnant.” 16 & Loved is brought to you by Exhale, a nonprofit organization which provides the 1st and only national, multilingual after-abortion talkline.  We partnered with MTV on the special.”

Stanek also points out the “No Easy Decision” website only links to pro-abortion groups, including the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, which promotes sexual education over abstinence, and the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

The pro-life nurse says pro-life people should join the discussion on Twitter at hashtags #16andloved, #WMCwatchin, and #provoice to influence the debate surrounding the program.

“Pro-lifers should also contact MTV to express disapproval that pro-life groups were not also contacted to “partner” on this show, if MTV were truly interested in balance,” she said. “While MTV makes it difficult to email complaints (perhaps someone will have better luck finding an email address), it does host a community forum at which pro-lifers can certainly express themselves.”

Dr. Drew Pinsky will also counsel the teens on the show, which is also expected to focus on birth control as well.

The 16 and Pregnant program has been a ratings bonanza for MTV and many Hollywood and media blogs have focused on that fact, saying the decision to concentrate on abortion may be an attempt to snag more.