The surprising, enduring problem abortion proponents have is people simply don’t like it.

Ideologues thought legalizing abortion would settle it. But over 37 years after abortion was made legal in the U.S., abortion matriarch Frances Kissling made a striking admission earlier this year:

I am driven by the changes I have seen in the way the American people think about abortion. I believe there is a much stronger sentiment against abortion [than] at any time in the last 50 years.

In fact, the opposite should be true. Legalizing abortion should have garnered it public acceptance, even if gradual. Kissling added:

The pressure and demands of day to day movement leadership in traditional forms have made it extremely difficult for new thinking, not just new strategies to emerge.

But they keep trying. They must keep trying. They know the Roe v. Wade decision will eventually be overturned unless they get the public to embrace it. Otherwise the opposition, aided even by ambivalence, will win.

Hence the December 28 MTV special, No Easy Decision. If you haven’t watched it, you can and should.

Before getting to the content, I begin with a call for MTV to come clean. Was there an underwriter?  As Bryan Kemper noted:

One very telling feature of the show was that it played without commercial interruption; this is not normal for MTV.  This show was obviously funded by some one or some organization with an agenda….

In the interest of full disclosure and honest journalism, particularly since this show was cast as “reality” programming, MTV should tell the public how it was paid for.

Was it simply that no advertiser would touch this show with a 10-ft pole, but MTV felt compelled to underwrite and air it anyway due to mounting pro-abort pressure against its 2 successful (i.e., lucrative) life-affirming reality shows about unplanned pregnancy?

Or did abortion proponent(s) provide covert funding? As I wrote previously, there was acknowledged collusion with the abortion industry  in advance. But how far did it go? Was there a reason, for instance, that of all the condoms in the world, those MTV offered to James happened to be marketed by Planned Parenthood? Did PP pay for that subliminal advertisement?

On a related note, does anybody really believe Markai’s call to the abortion clinic was unstaged (starting at 5:06 on the video)? What was that about reality? MTV needs to come clean on that one, too. Reality – and fairness – would have had Markai pick an abortion clinic out of the phone book, along with a crisis pregnancy center, and air both calls.

The syrupy sweet abortion phone counselor was only 1 example of MTV’s vastly skewed “reality” abortion infomercial called No Easy Decision, which, of course, pro-aborts loved. Gushed Lynn Harris at Salon:

But this member of the latter camp is relieved, delighted – and still amazed – to report that MTV got it right. Seriously, they nailed it. And by “nailed it,” I don’t mean they just did a great PSA for abortion. I mean they told the many-sided truth: that abortion is safe and common, that abortion has been made difficult to get, and, most importantly, that abortion is a complex decision made by complex human beings. (That thump you heard around 11:35 p.m. EST was the sound of 100 feminist media critics falling off our collective couches.)

Oh, please. A feminist media critic who had done her homework would have been aware abortion ideologues knew the show was in the tank for them beforehand. Here were just a few of their pre-show promotweets (click to enlarge)…

But back to my original point, which is that people don’t like abortion. I could devote an entire post to sex therapist Drew Pinsky’s unfettered, inaccurate cheerleading for abortion throughout the show.

But there was no getting around how disturbed the post-abortive mothers were in its aftermath, despite their rhetoric.

I discussed No Easy Decision with a single young woman who also watched it. She is pro-life, but I was still surprised by her take. She said she had always focused on the fact that abortion was murder but never took the aborting mothers into account. “I just thought they had their abortions and got on with life,” she told me.

But when she saw the pain abortion leaves behind – how “you remember, you can’t forget,” as Markai said… how, despite Katie stating, “I didn’t have a lot of regret or negative feelings,” she admitted she has trouble being around her young nephew now – my friend said she was saddened for them and got a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach. “I never ever want to be in that situation,” she told me. That was her take-away.

Thus, although MTV and its backers tried their best to promote abortion as acceptable, common, and for the greater good, the reality of abortion and its aftermath still came through.

I seriously don’t know what pro-aborts saw in this special to love. No Easy Decision, in fact, denigrated both them and abortion. Two examples:

1. The contraceptive mentality fails: The contraception/abortion industry fails to adequately teach about about contraception and young girls are too immature and irresponsible to handle it properly anyway.

2. The abortion industry lies about fetal development before abortion; it utterly fails to provide informed consent.

Again, MTV should tell its viewers who funded this special and just how much collusion there was with the abortion industry in putting it together.