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Chelsea Handler Discusses Abortion at 16

Chelsea Handler Discusses Abortion at 16

Chelsea Handler opens up about having an abortion when she was 16 in a recent interview on The Rosie Show.

“I was so delusional. I was like, ‘I’m ready for a baby,’” the 36-year-old comedienne told Rosie.

“I was trying to argue with [my parents] and they were like, ‘You don’t understand. You’re throwing your entire life away. You’re not having a child right now. This is not what our family’s about. You know, you’re supposed to create a life for yourself, and we want you to enjoy your life and not be raising a child. And we’re certainly not going to raise it for you,’” Chelsea added.

Looking back, she says she has “no regret at all.”

“I wouldn’t be a good mother … You should do whatever you want with your body and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what to do. It’s your decision,” Chelsea shared.

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174 Responses to “Chelsea Handler Discusses Abortion at 16”

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  1. 1
    Capella Says:

    Whether you like her or not, no young girl of 16 should be having a baby. Case in point, look how well these “16 and Pregnant” “Ladies” are handling having a baby at such a young age.

    Even when most of them are being paid over 100K per season! How many young mothers make that kind of money?

    These days, with this economy, your best bet is to get and education, and learn how to fend for yourself before fending for a toddler!

  2. 2
    Cole Says:

    If you are going to have sex you should be careful! Use condoms and get on birth control before you do.
    I feel like abortion is only ok for those who have been raped!
    Adoption is a better answer and at least the child lives.

  3. 3
    Gossipgirl Says:

    She is just repulsive. Why is she protesting so much? No one cares what she does with her uterus.

  4. 4
    K Says:

    “raise it for you”? IT? damn, her parents must be as cold as she is

  5. 5
    nikki Says:

    good to know she has no regrets about killing her child with no remorse when she was responsible for getting knocked up. if her parents were so adamant about her making something of herself and preaching “thats not what we do” they should have instilled morals of sex to her instead.

  6. 6
    YAAAS HONEY!!! Says:

    Like I needed another reason to hate this b!tch so much!

  7. 7
    meeeee Says:

    Teenagers will be teenagers. The more you try to tell some kids to be careful with sex they will do the opposite. Bottom line: Some people are not cut out to be parents, everyone makes mistakes and (hopefully) learn from them. There is no need to bring another child into the world when there are already SO many out there that need to be adopted into good homes!!

  8. 8
    bookworm Says:

    There is this amazing thing called “adoption.” Millions of people are desperate to open their hearts and their homes to a child… and instead people like (the very unfunny) Chelsea Handler would rather just kill the innocent baby. Because to do otherwise would be “throwing [her] life away.”

  9. 9
    Lilly Says:

    I’m sure that should not be an easy decision to have an abortion, it really bothers me that she talk about it as if it were something shallow and normal. Should at least be honest and tell the truth, is a horrible horrible situation, with which the women carry for the rest of their life and is not fun or light.

  10. 10
    Mitch Says:

    Unless you ARE Chelsea Handler, you will never know what she actually went through during that period of her life. I might not be a fan, but you can’t judge her for a decision she made as a child herself. People on both sides of abortion need to remember that it’s not simply about killing babies or controlling what women do with their bodies. It’s about finding compassion in women who are placed in the position. As a guy, and a pro-choice person, I would never have one myself (I THINK), but who is to say. I can have all the sex I want for as long as I’m alive and will never get pregnant. Why am I free to do so and be fine, but a woman does so and she’s immediately a *****? That’s not fair. Also, woman have to deal with pregnancies, menopause, monthly PMS, and often Osteoporosis, breast cancer, the list goes on and on. Men shouldn’t even be allowed vote against abortion, or any women’s health issues. If men could get pregnant, you can be your own mother’s life that pharmaceutical companies and corporations would make a 100% protection birth control that’s safe.

    If you want to judge Chelsea Handler, judge the terrible writing on her sitcom, or the fact that she makes money hating lots of people on her talk show, but as a woman who made this choice over 20 years ago, no one has the right, or freedom, to judge her or any other woman faced with the decision. If you don’t agree, then good for you, I’m glad people are different. But it doesn’t change the fact that you’ve never been inside her head, or in her shoes, and you’ve never been her as a 16 year old girl faced with a decision.

    I really wish I’d seen the interview. I don’t care for her, although I used to back in the day, but it’s interesting to learn that some people who many think isn’t a really human with a soul, turns out to be exactly that. Oh, and people make mistakes, and humans are not perfect. The biggest mistake humans make is forgetting that they all make mistakes and are not perfect.

    That’s my 16 cents.

  11. 11
    Mitch Says:


    I wonder if maybe it’s just her way of coping. I can’t imagine what a weight it is to carry, but I bet everyone handles it differently.

  12. 12
    Lilly Says:

    @Mitch: I agree with you about not judge without knowing, but in this case it is she who is exhibiting extreme lightness with a situation that beyond the opinion of each, is not.

  13. 13
    Hmm Says:

    @Cole: You are an idiot. “Abortion should only be for those who’ve been raped” Are you serious? Are babies from rape victims worth less in your eyes? That’s what I can’t stand about you pro-lifers, you want to cherry pick and choose things that can’t be done in reality! Either you take away the mothers right to her own uterus completely, or you don’t. There is no inbetween.

  14. 14
    Frozoid Says:

    Must she use the word “Like” in every sentence?

  15. 15
    Hmm Says:

    @bookworm: Oh fvcking spare me! There is no guarantee that YOUR baby will be adopted, you shouldn’t count on others to take care of YOUR baby. Just like you pro-lifers say that abortion isn’t birth control, well neither is adoption! There are billions of babies around the world who are not being adopted, wonder why? Supply and demand and now that IVF is becoming popular even among gay people, less and less people will adopt. Take care of the babies that already here, we are 7 billion and counting on this earth! there aren’t even enough resources to go around! Abortion isn’t only an option, it’s a necessity!

  16. 16
    Wendy Says:

    “You should do whatever you want with your body and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what to do. It’s your decision,” She forgot to mention that with each decision you make, you must deal with the consequences (whether good or bad). Too bad the baby had no voice in that decision.

    Her mother must be so proud….

  17. 17
    Capella Says:

    Hmmm, Marry me?

    Seriously man, I love what you just said! Not to be rude, but time isn’t it time for politicians to get the hell out of our vaginas and worry more about their penises? I’d take them more seriously if they would start voting more laws into place that control a ***** rather a ******.

    IMHO. But again, marry me? Gay or straight, don’t care, you are definitely marriage material ;)

  18. 18
    Capella Says:


    The system would not let me say penises and vaginas (singular) in that order. But that is what I meant: Politicians should try to rule more the Ps before the Vgeaygeays.

  19. 19
    Amy Says:

    Ugh, can you imagine having this beast for a mother?

  20. 20
    BrangelinaFan Says:

    Hmmmm. Can’t help but wonder if her parents had THAT reaction because it was most likely a pregnancy from one of her many black high school boyfriends at the time? Bet it would’ve been a totally different story had there been a chance that the offspring would have been blond and blue-eyed, like her. She’s right. She would have been a horrible mother to it anyway, I’m sure.

  21. 21
    ariella Says:

    I don’t dislike her for the abortion but do dislike her for using it on a talk show to further her career as if it were nothing. It certainly isn’t nothing for women who have had to make that decision and live with it for the rest of their lives. She should have been taught about birth control but as for the rest it is her body full stop. I also dislike her because she is untalented, coarse, vulgar and a racist…. a result of being untalented she does what most untalented HW people do and use anything and everything to stay in the limelight and have the money roll in……including using her body to get there….I think there is a word for that.

  22. 22
    Charlie Says:

    I don’t understand how some people see abortion as the only way out. There are other ways. Tnere’s adoption. And sure it’s your body, but it’s the baby’s body too. And we should have no right to decide for that person. Cause it is a person, whether it’s 2 days or 75 years. It is a person. There needs to be more education. If you don’t wanna have a baby use condoms, go on the pill. Some teenagers feel embarrassed about making these decisions, well I think if you’re embarrassed to go to the doctor, then you shouldn’t be having sex in the first place. Cause at the end of the day, another person is paying the price. I am in no way referring to rape victims. I am referring to careless people who seem to think that becoming pregnant could easily be resolved by getting an abortion.

  23. 23
    risa Says:

    She is very honest.

  24. 24
    Mella Says:

    @meeeee: Only girls with low self-esteem have sex that young.

  25. 25
    Mella Says:

    @bookworm: Thousands of children NEVER get adopted.

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