• Wed, Nov 24 2010

Did Markai From ’16 And Pregnant’ Have An Abortion?

Of all the many decisions that are documented on MTV’s hit show 16 And Pregnant, one is notably left out: that of teenage girls who opt to get abortions. It makes sense that viewers don’t see abortions on the show: it’s called 16 And Pregnant after all. But it looks like one of the show’s stars may have had an abortion after appearing on the show.

We’ve been noticing a few little things that’s got us thinking Markai Durham had an abortion soon after giving birth to her daughter Za’karia.

According to a discussion thread no longer available on MTV, Markai had an abortion shortly after giving birth:

“Shortly, after have Za’karia Markai became pregnant, once again by James but this time opted for the abortion. Now according to this person on formspring, she and Markai have the same doctor and when she was at an appointment, Markai was also there but with a film crew. This girl asked Kayla from this season about it and Kayla said she thinks its for MTV about the situation”

That post got us thinking, especially because we say today that it appears to be confirmed by a castmate.

Also, on Formspring, fellow 16 And Pregnant castmember Aubrey Akeril seems to know that it happened:

just help for the person that asked* also, how did markai have an abortion if she had a baby on the show? Do you mean at a different time?

yes at a different time. those aren’t my details to discuss tho.

Meanwhile, Markai has pretty adamantly addressed the issue of abortion on her Facebook Fan page:

“Its Not A Baby At All Until I Think You 3rd Trimester (I Could Be Mistaken) Its Only A Fetus Which Means Its Only A GROUP OF CELLS TRYING TO FORM INTO SOMEONE. && Its Not Our Right To Judge Wo…men / Girls Who Do Get An Abortion. Thats Like Judging Someone Because There Gay Or Black Or Whatever. Its Not Right For People To Lash Out At Women/ Girls Who Made The Right Decision For Them && Their Family. Point Blank. && Even Though They Have Created SOMETHING That CAN Be The Most Beautiful Thing. SOMETIMES Women/ Girls Aren’t Ready For That Big Of A Responsibilty. NO MATTER IF THEY OPENED THEIR LEGS / PANTS.”

Considering that many of the stars of 16 And Pregnant have become advocates for safe sex, it could be pretty bad PR to find out that one of the girls on the show got pregnant almost immediately after giving birth…

UPDATE: It’s confirmed that Markai had an abortion. MTV will air a special focusing on it December 28.

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  • Shakaira

    This girl, by far, has to be in the top 3 for biggest idiots. How can you compare abortions to being black? And she’s black herself. I looked up to her, now I ralize she’s just another trifling black girl with a trifling family and an even more trifling boyfriend.

  • Annon

    Maybe she should watch the duggers or ask anyone who have seen/ had a baby at 23 weeks or earlier. It IS a baby, those babies SURVIVE. What ever she tells herself to make her feel better *Sigh*. I understand there are some reasons… but Ugh. At least face the truth or your actions.

  • Lolly

    Good for her for being honest about this part of teen parenthood.

  • Mommyof2angels

    Whatever she needs to tell herself to fall asleep at night. Regardless, she is a murderer and she is selfish! That baby didnt ask to be created and that baby sure wouldn’t have asked to be murdered! How can you choose one child over another?? “What is best for her and her family” That is complete b.s.! Adoption is ALWAYS an option. So is birth control and keeping your legs closed!! She is a stupid child who made a stupid decision. I dont understand how murder is illegal in this world and abortion isnt. IT’S THE SAME THING! Who are WE to decide the fate of someone’s life? This really upsets me and it’s worse that MTV endorses this trash. “It’s not a baby until the 3rd trimester” <–prime example of an uneducated child.

  • LISA

    I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL I HAVE BEEN IN A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SITUATION AS YOU. WHO ARE,THERE TO JUDGE YOU MARKAI, ONLY GOD. I DONT CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT ME OR FEEL , I SHOULD HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION ,I DIDNT HAVE ANY ONE ELSE TO TURN TO .ALL IM GOING TO SAY TO YOU IS DONT WORRY OR LET ANYONE PUT YOU DOWN KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND JUST THINK BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPEN LIKE THAT AGAIN , IM ON YOUR SIDE .