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MTV's Original "Teen Mom" Series Ending This Year

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(NEW YORK) -- The original cast of Teen Mom will be raising their children away from MTV's cameras after this year. The cable network has announced that the upcoming fourth season of Teen Mom will be the last for Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and Catelynn Lowell.

MTV told Us Weekly in a statement, "They will continue to be a part of our MTV family, and we're thankful to these brave young women for sharing their stories and helping to make a positive impact on teen pregnancy prevention."

Us Weekly reports the fourth season is expected to air this summer.

Portwood has continuously made headlines in recent months for her legal problems. Last month, she pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and was ordered to complete a local drug rehab program. It was later reported that she failed a drug test.

MTV's announcement does not spell the end of the Teen Mom franchise. Though the status of Teen Mom 2 is unclear, four girls who will appear on the upcoming season of 16 and Pregnant will eventually star in Teen Mom 3.

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Former '16 and Pregnant' Couple Arrested, Lose Their Child to Human Services

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- A couple who appeared on the first season of the MTV series 16 and Pregnant had their two-year-old child taken from them Tuesday and were arrested following a police search of their home at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. According to E! Online, authorities who executed a search warrant at the home of 19-year-olds Joshua Rendon and Ebony Jackson-Rendon say they found one gram of synthetic marijuana, empty packaging that had contained the drug, and smoking pipes. Police further claim they found feces on the floors and walls, as well as maggots throughout the home.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services took custody of the couple's two-year-old daughter, Jocelyn. Three dogs were also removed from the home. Rendon, a member of the Air Force, and Jackson-Rendon face various drug-related charges, as well as a child endangerment charge. They have both been released on eight thousand dollars bond.

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Chelsea Handler Reveals She Had an Abortion, Rips '16 and Pregnant'

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chelsea Handler is best known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to her comedy -- and when it comes to revealing details about her personal life.  She tells The New York Times, “I had an abortion when I was 16 because that’s what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid.”

The abortion decision didn’t come lightly for Handler, who also says she's aggravated by the fact that pregnant teens nowadays are being praised with spots on shows like MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. Handler tells The New York Times, “Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you’re a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody.”  She added, “We’re seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment. We need to be focusing on other things.”

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MTV Airing Teen Abortion Special, 'No Easy Decision'

Photo Courtesy - MTV World Stage logo. (PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International)(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of its successful reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, MTV will present another side of teen pregnancy in a special on abortion.

No Easy Decision, a 30-minute program airing Dec. 28 at 11:30 p.m., will follow former 16 and Pregnant star Markai Durham as she wrestles with whether to have an abortion after becoming pregnant a second time.

Dr. Drew Pinsky will also talk with two other teens who have dealt with abortion.

As 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom became hits and the young women featured on them became stars, some have criticized MTV for not including stories like those of the 27 percent of pregnant teens who choose to end their pregnancies.

"It just struck me as odd that MTV was taking such care to present this issue responsibly, that it seemed like a glaring gap not talking about abortion," said feminist blogger Jessica Valenti, author of The Purity Myth, in an interview with "Nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion. They should be represented."

It seems MTV agrees. "It's important we cover every aspect of this issue," the cable network said in a press release, "including focusing on prevention by encouraging widespread use of contraception and making sure young people are aware of the consequences of unprotected sex."

Though MTV has taken an unglamorous approach to teen pregnancy, the young women on its shows have shown up regularly on magazine covers. But the reality is that most teen moms drop out of school and struggle financially.

"I'm looking forward to seeing young, smart women talking about their abortions and how their lives are better because of it -- like they were able to go to college," Valenti said. The special, like the subject, is sure to be controversial, but Valenti said that's no reason to avoid it. "I think too often abortion is so stigmatized," she said. "The fact is this is a legal procedure." "It's something we should be constantly talking about, because it's constantly happening," she said.

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