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'16 and Pregnant' to tackle abortion decision

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Markai Durham with baby Za'Karia on MTV's "16 and Pregnant."

Think MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" series have already caused plenty of outcry from those who believe the shows glamorize teen pregnancy? (Which, seriously, they don't. Watch the programs.) Prepare yourself, because a potentially major uproar may be coming.

No, the network isn't focusing on "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood and her legal troubles after she was filmed punching her ex-fiance. At least not yet. Instead, Tuesday night's "16 and Pregnant" returns to follow Markai Durham, who first appeared on the show Nov. 16. But this time, she's not giving birth to another child --  she's wrestling with the difficult decision to abort her second pregnancy. It's a topic that the show hasn't covered until now.

According to NYPost.com, MTV has forbidden the young mother to discuss the episode before it airs, but Durham has spoken out on her Facebook page to address those who have criticized her for her decision.

"You have made me into a character for your amusement and nothing else. My motive for this episode is to not say 'hey look at me I got pregnant again,' " she wrote Monday. "One thing we can all agree on is no one is pro-abortion! ... No one wants to have an abortion or even go through this type of procedure. I never did it because I thought it was the right thing to do. I did it because it was the BEST thing to do for my family."

Durham, who has just a high-school diploma, went on to explain that she and her 20-year-old boyfriend James (who is the father of her 1-year-old daughter, Za'Karia) already have a tough time providing for their daughter. "We struggle just a little Sacrifice just alot to make sure our FIRST CHILD has EVERYTHING she needs," she wrote.

The young mom said that she was on birth control when she became pregnant again, but didn't realize the effectiveness of her shot had worn off and that she had so little time to get the next one.

The show normally airs at 10 p.m., but the network has pushed the airtime to 11:30 p.m. for this episode, which is called "No Easy Decision."

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