The MTV shows Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant depict teens as they struggle with their unintended pregnancies while still in high school. The shows definitely make having a baby look less like playing house and more like a babysitter's worst nightmare, but they also offer a certain celebrity to the "stars," which some say glorifies pregnancy. A recent report highlighted by Double X has found that while the show might glamorize these teenagers, ultimately, it leads teens to favor abortion over having children at too-young an age:
And that's where Teen Mom comes in. Once you frame the abortion issue in the context of a specific woman's circumstances, whether she's a personal acquaintance or someone on TV, PRRI found that opinion tends to favor abortion rights. Conversely, once you frame it in terms of a specific fetus's circumstances--say, by recalling the ultrasound image of a friend's growing fetus on her Facebook wall--opinion swings the other way.
For all the pro-choicers out there who are still complain that the fecund high schoolers of 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom glamorize teen pregnancy--you should stop complaining. The elevation of the stars these shows might help abortion remain legal for future generations.
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