'16 & Pregnant' Star Breaks Silence Over MTV Abortion Special

Markai Durham - 16 & Pregnant - 2010
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Markai Durham blogs about her new MTV show 'No Easy Decision,' which centers on her decision to abort her pregnancy.

After chronicling her ups and downs as a teen mom on MTV's wildly successful reality show 16 & Pregnant, Markai Durham will take viewers with her as she decides to abort her second pregnancy in a special episode on the network called No Easy Decision.

In advance of the show's Tuesday premiere, Durham opened up about the controversy surrounding the show on her Facebook page.

"My motive for this episode is to not say 'hey look at me I got pregnant again.' But to encourage you all to stand up for each other. To respect one another to feel each other's sympathy and pain. One thing we can all agree on is no one is pro-abortion! (no one with a heart at least) No one wants to have an abortion or even go through this type of procedure," Durham wrote.

Airing Tuesday, December 28 at 11:30 pm, the show has received critical heat from pro-life circles and from critics of MTV who say the network glamorizes teen pregnancy. Durham added that the reason she went public with her decision was to shed light on the judgment women who have an abortion suffer through.

"I didn't make this public because I thought your opinions mattered. I didn't make this public because I thought you would respect me. I could have easily not told a soul and kept you all thinking I'm just another girl on 16 & Pregnant. I made this public so you all can see how disrespectful people can be because of a decision they feel was right for them."

The episode also features Dr. Drew Pinsky who will counsel the teens on the show.