As much as I am conflicted about this show, I admit that I am addicted. Being a teen mom myself, I can relate to these children and it really hits home for me. My hope though is that this show is sending the proper message to young girls about taking control of their lives and preventing becoming a mother so early. My fear is that the more popular this show becomes, the more "glamorized" teen pregnancy will become.
While on the treadmill the other day, I was watching one of my DVR'd (is that really a word?) shows "16 and Pregnant". It was actually an after show special where they sit down with Dr. Drew and discuss the season.
One of the girls, Markai, had fallen pregnant again just months after giving birth to her first child at 17. I am not sure what is more disturbing about this girl; the fact that she didn't learn her lesson the first time or her boyfriend/baby daddy has got some MAJOR race identity issues. Seriously dude, if you have to have subtitles under everything you say, you may want to take a dictation class or something. The saying "Love is Blind" should be followed up by "And Deaf" to be able to listen the verbal diarrhea that comes out of his mouth. But I digress......
Back to Markai...... surprise, surprise she got knocked up again so she decided to have an abortion. Now, I am NOT trying to get into a political or religious debate of whether or not this kid was right or wrong. I could personally never make that decision for myself and unborn child for a number of different reasons.
The one thing that pissed me off to no end was that Dr. Drew had on 2 other teens that did opt for abortion and one of the girls said: "It was a parenting decision." W...T...F...?????? A parenting decision? I thought how you choose to discipline your child, where they will go to school, what television shows you will or will not allow them to watch was a "parenting decision". What the hell would they know about making a parenting decision-they have never been parents!!!!! It sure as shit was NOT a parenting decision; it was a birth control decision and you decided NOT to take it and get knocked up. I never knew in a million years that killing a child could be classified as a "parenting decision".
The next time I feel like I need to choke my kids out for misbehaving, I should tell them "It's ok if I kill you because I am just making a parenting decision".