When Chelsea Handler Was 16 and Pregnant, She Wanted to Keep the Baby
On the Rosie O’Donnell show, Chelsea Handler, the crass, bawdy, blonde comedienne, and author of My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, opened up about her experience getting pregnant as a teen:
“I was so delusional,” she said. “I was like, ‘I’m ready for a baby.’”
But--cue Madonna song, Papa Don’t Preach: “Papa don’t preach, when I’m in trouble . . . cause I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby . . ."---
Her parents had a very different perspective, pushing her toward having an abortion right away. “You’re throwing your entire life away,” they told her. “You’re supposed to create a life for yourself. We want you to enjoy your life and not be raising a child, and we’re certainly not going to raise it for you.”
That’s a tough position to be in, and weighing her own feelings against her parents’ reasoning, Handler decided to get the abortion:
O’Donnell cited opponents of the landmark Roe v. Wade court case that legalized abortions coming out and saying that the abortion they had ruined their lives. “That’s not the stuff I’ve heard from my friends who’ve had abortions,” she said. “Listen, not that it was a casual thing that they never think about again, but it wasn’t a life-defining negative thing.”
She now thinks “You should do whatever you want with your body and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what to do." She means that today, of course, as an endorsement of the pro-choice position. But her assertion, if applied to her situation as a 16-year-old, would have meant that she kept the baby. Interesting food for thought.