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Chelsea Handler Had an Abortion at 16

Chelsea Handler Gets Personal on Disliking Teen Pregnancy Shows

In her interview with The New York Times, Chelsea Handler makes a surprising revelation after condemning 16 and Pregnant for rewarding teens who get pregnant.

"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. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about it."

Besides struggling to imagine the irreverent, no-holds-barred Chelsea as a mother of a college-age young adult, what do you think about her opening up like this about such a personal experience? Not many celebrities divulge whether they've had an abortion in such a public and seemingly nonchalant way. Do you think it's important for more stars and public figures to be honest about abortion for awareness and support, or does it cross over into too personal, TMI territory?

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runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 4 years
To anyone that watches her show, you know that when sex is mentioned the words, "use a condom, use a condom, use a condom," are likely to come out of her mouth. She is not nonchalant about getting pregnant, which I think is the real issue for people who elect for this procedure. She is a bold person who is sure of herself and that's more than many can say.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 4 years
I'm also glad she's being open about it. It's obviously a touchy subject and a very personal one, so bravo to her.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 4 years
I admire her talking about it and being frank about it. I can't even think of any celebrities right now (it is early in the morning though) who have openly spoken about having an abortion.
inlove23 inlove23 4 years
It doesn't surprise me that she said it, and in this manner. She is just like that.
stephley stephley 4 years
It's callously indifferent to the value of human life for a child to be born to a parent(s) who do not love him or her, do not want them in their lives. My adopted daughter came home from school in tears last year because her very Catholic class was talking about how great an alternative adoption is. She says it comes with its own pain for the child. Adopted children are more likely to attempt suicide. I agree with the storm of contraception idea, but would add that we need to also be helping our children to respect themselves and to focus more on learning who they are and what they want from life and less on hooking up to feel accepted.
stephley stephley 4 years
It's callously indifferent to the value of human life for a child to be born to a parent(s) who do not love him or her, do not want them in their lives. My adopted daughter came home from school in tears last year because her very Catholic class was talking about how great an alternative adoption is. She says it comes with its own pain for the child. Adopted children are more likely to attempt suicide. I agree with the storm of contraception idea, but would add that we need to also be helping our children to respect themselves and to focus more on learning who they are and what they want from life and less on hooking up to feel accepted.
katialoves katialoves 4 years
its a difficult subject because when you get down to the nitty gritty it is disgusting and inhumane. i never thought that as a teenager, and at that time always thought abortion could be ano-brainer solution if i ever got pregnant, because my teachers and sex-ed classes were all pro-abortion. not until becoming a mom did i realize abortion is very very inhumane. i also believe that its prevalence is detrimental to society. not that i have a problem with promiscuity, its just the callous indifference to the value of each human life that bugs me.maybe chelsea would also change her mind if she ever became a parent.
katialoves katialoves 4 years
its a difficult subject because when you get down to the nitty gritty it is disgusting and inhumane. i never thought that as a teenager, and at that time always thought abortion could be ano-brainer solution if i ever got pregnant, because my teachers and sex-ed classes were all pro-abortion. not until becoming a mom did i realize abortion is very very inhumane. i also believe that its prevalence is detrimental to society. not that i have a problem with promiscuity, its just the callous indifference to the value of each human life that bugs me. maybe chelsea would also change her mind if she ever became a parent.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 4 years
good for her - for being honest about it (and not trying to be a teen mom).
Choco-cat Choco-cat 4 years
good for her - for being honest about it (and not trying to be a teen mom).
lizlee89 lizlee89 4 years
I am 100% pro-life, and I think that putting your child up for adoption is always the best, most merciful, and most humane decision for a woman who makes the mistake of getting pregnant when she does not want to be a parent. However, I am glad that she spoke out against this society that does not take how cavalierly teenagers are dealing with sex and getting pregnant seriously, as well as shows that show that concept over and over and over. People need to stop kidding themselves; even if these shows don't "glamorize" teen pregnancy, teens are stupid (I'm sorry, but it's true) and just seeing those images and thinking they are normal really does influence them to copy that behavior...
amber512 amber512 4 years
She does seem very nonchalant about it, but I think that's because that's her personality! I think I would be more concerned if she talked about it in some fake way.
JJJSisters JJJSisters 4 years
I commend Chelsea Handler for speaking out about her abortion and her current feelings about it. I feel that for as many pro-choice people there seem to be, there aren't that many people vocal about their abortions, particularly celebrities. And if it's such a "Great" choice, then why aren't more people willing to speak up about it? However, I don't feel Teen Mom rewards Teen Pregnancy, atleast in the 16 and Prego side of it, they aren't making lots of cash and being glamorized, it's still a hard knock life. And I commend them all for choosing life. I do wish the show would show more than the one teen that chose abortion however.
JJJSisters JJJSisters 4 years
I commend Chelsea Handler for speaking out about her abortion and her current feelings about it. I feel that for as many pro-choice people there seem to be, there aren't that many people vocal about their abortions, particularly celebrities. And if it's such a "Great" choice, then why aren't more people willing to speak up about it?However, I don't feel Teen Mom rewards Teen Pregnancy, atleast in the 16 and Prego side of it, they aren't making lots of cash and being glamorized, it's still a hard knock life. And I commend them all for choosing life. I do wish the show would show more than the one teen that chose abortion however.
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