Comedian, talk show host and author Chelsea Handler had two abortions in the same year at age 16, after becoming pregnant twice by the same boyfriend, she reveals in a new essay for Playboy celebrating abortion rights. “We all make mistakes all the time,” she writes. “I happened to (expletive) up twice at the age of 16.”
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday ruling strikes down a Texas law curtailing who can perform abortions.
“Like millions of women, I can live my life without an unplanned child born out of an unhealthy relationship because of Roe v. Wade,” Handler wrote. “It’s infuriating to hear politicians make bogus promises about overturning this ruling that has protected us for more than 40 years. It’s infuriating to hear them pander to the Christian right with promises they have no chance of keeping. (By the way: Even if there is a God, I highly doubt he wants everybody to go through with their pregnancies.)”
Although she initially pondered keeping her child when she became pregnant as a teenager, even thinking at the time, “Maybe I’ll have twins and give them rhyming names!” she has no regrets.
“I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby,” she wrote.