Chelsea Handler Reveals She Got Two Abortions at the Age of 16
Chelsea Handler is opening up about what it was like to get two abortions when she was just 16-years-old, and she’s not holding anything back.
In an essay the comedian wrote for Playboy titled “My Choice,” Handler begins by explaining that when she got pregnant at 16, an abortion was the furthest thing from her mind. “I wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards, and when I got pregnant I just thought, Why not? I can have a baby. Maybe I’ll have twins and give them rhyming names!” she wrote before adding, “Of course, the idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home at night, was ridiculous.”
So Handler’s parents took her to Planned Parenthood, where she was able to get an affordable abortion, “I felt parented, ironically, while I was getting an abortion. And when it was over, I was relieved in every possible way.
Later that same year, Handler became pregnant again and headed back to Planned Parenthood where she says she was able to make a thoughtful decision after her “irresponsible” actions. “Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it’s still necessary to make a thoughtful decision. We all make mistakes all the time. I happened to fuck up twice at the age of 16,” she admitted. “I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family. I’m 41 now. I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby.”
Handler credits the ability to make a decision that changed her life for the better to the landmark case Row vs. Wade and admits that while it infuriates her to hear politicians promise to overturn the ruling, she doesn’t actually think that’ll happen. “I don’t buy that Roe v. Wade is in danger. We’re too far ahead of the game. Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward. That would be like the government saying, “Okay, we’re taking away your right to vote too.” You can’t introduce a black person and be like, “Oh, I just got a slave!” That era is over.”
The essay comes at the perfect time following the Supreme Court’s Monday (June. 27, 2016) to almost unanimously strike down a Texas law which they said created “undue burden” on a woman’s right to an abortion.