Saturday 1 October 2016

Chelsea Handler opens up about having two abortions at 16: 'I happened to f*** up twice'

Published 28/06/2016 | 07:30

Host Chelsea Handler attends the 2013 amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Host Chelsea Handler attends the 2013 amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
TV host Chelsea Handler attends Goldie Hawn's Annual Goldie's Love In For Kids on May 06, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Chelsea Handler attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Chelsea Handler attends The Heart Foundation 20th Anniversary Event honoring Discovery Land Company's Mike Meldman at the Green Acres Estate on May 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Heart Foundation )
Comedian Chelsea Handler speaks onstage during the "Chelsea Does" panel discussion at the Netflix portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Comedienne and actress Chelsea Handler has opened up about having two abortions as a teenager in a candid new essay for Playboy magazine.

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The This Means War star, who is one of America's leading talk show hosts, penned the piece for the men's magazine to highlight how America's reproductive laws helped her rectify "irresponsible" teenage decisions.

She reveals she fell pregnant at 16 after having unprotected sex with a boyfriend.

"I just thought, 'I can have a baby. Maybe I'll have twins and give them rhyming names'," she writes.

Comedian Chelsea Handler speaks onstage during the
Comedian Chelsea Handler speaks onstage during the "Chelsea Does" panel discussion at the Netflix portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

"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. My parents recognised that, so they acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood."

"Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it's still necessary to make a thoughtful decision," she adds.

"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."

In her essay, Handler credits the Roe v. Wade abortion law for helping make her decision easier, and insists any effort to overturn the 1973 legislation is "infuriating".

Chelsea Handler attends The Heart Foundation 20th Anniversary Event honoring Discovery Land Company's Mike Meldman at the Green Acres Estate on May 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Heart Foundation )
Chelsea Handler attends The Heart Foundation 20th Anniversary Event honoring Discovery Land Company's Mike Meldman at the Green Acres Estate on May 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Heart Foundation )

"Once you go forward in history, you don't go backward," Chelsea adds. "That would be like the government saying, 'OK, we're taking away your right to vote too'... We have 7.3 billion people on this planet.

"Anybody who carefully decides not to become a parent - let alone a bad parent, which is what I would have become - should be applauded for making a smart and sustainable decision.

"I'd love for somebody to try to tell me what to do with my body. I dare them."

Chelsea Handler attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Chelsea Handler attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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