Markai Durham is 19 years and had a baby in 2009. When the teenage mother got pregnant again, MTV decided to follow her struggling to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. Markai's story proved to be the one to raise the biggest controversy yet for "16 and pregnant". The show was aired much later than usual, and Markai was told not to give interviews on the topic of her abortion. But on a site that connects teen mom participants with their audience, she wrote: "I get sad from time to time thinking about it but then everything happens for a reason. God gave me three paths to take abortion, adoption, or raising this baby along with another. I chose this path and I think about how stressing things would have been if I haven't made the one I've made."
What is MTV really trying to do with this show? Though it is called "16 and pregnant" there are pregnant teens of all ages on the show. Its controversial nature no doubt brings in the cash for the music television channel, but perhaps they also (probably unintentionally) offer better sex education to American teenagers than Obama's new program. Perhaps "16 and pregnant" does not glamorize or demonize anything, and is neither pro-abortion nor pro-teenage pregnancy. They just offer information and entertainment to the general public. And if you're interested in reading about the other end of the extreme age spectrum of pregnancies, see Romanian IVF mother, 72, wants another child?