Chelsea Handler is usually known for cracking us up, but she’s 100% serious in a new essay for Playboy magazine’s “Freedom” issue. The comedian reveals she had two abortions through Planned Parenthood when she was 16 and says she wouldn’t be a success today if she didn’t have the right to choose.
Chelsea admits she didn’t immediately think to end the pregnancy as a teen.
Getting an abortion wasn’t the first idea that popped into my unripened brain. I was going through a very bad stage in my life. I hated my parents and I was having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, who was not someone I should’ve been having sex with in the first place, never mind unprotected sex. 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!’
Chelsea’s parents, however, knew she wasn’t capable of raising a child. They brought up the other options and brought her to Planned Parenthood.
When it was over, I was relieved in every possible way.
Later that year, Chelsea found out she was pregnant again. She struggled to pay for the $230 procedure again, but she went through with the abortion again.
Chelsea admits that she messed up.
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 f–k up twice at the age of 16. 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.
Looking back at age 41, the funny woman is glad she made the decision to terminate the pregnancy. She also laments laws being made by state courts that limit a woman’s right the choose after the 1973 ruling that allowed abortions in Roe v. Wade.
We’re too far ahead of the game. Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward. We’ve already made the decision, and now we’re moving on to transgender rights. And it’s a wrap on men deciding what women can do with their bodies.