Comedian Chelsea Handler revealed in a personal essay for Playboy that her decision to have two abortions as a 16-year-old shaped her life into what it is today. Handler, who has starred in a bunch of shows with her name as the title including Chelsea Does, Chelsea Lately and most recently, Chelsea, talks about the importance of Roe v. Wade and having access to safe and legal abortion.
In her essay for Playboy's "Freedom" issue, she wrote,
I was going through a very bad stage in my life. I hated my parents and I was having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, who was not someone I should’ve been having sex with in the first place, never mind unprotected sex. I wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards, and when I got pregnant I just thought, Why not? I can have a baby. Maybe I’ll have twins and give them rhyming names! 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.
She didn't just end up getting pregnant once that year. She got pregnant twice. Both times, her parents brought her to Planned Parenthood to get an abortion.
And I didn’t have just one abortion; I had two in the same year, impregnated by the same guy. I didn’t have the money the second time. I had to scrape together the $230 to pay Planned Parenthood, but it was a safe abortion. Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it’s still necessary to make a thoughtful decision. We all make mistakes all the time. I happened to fuck 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. I’m 41 now. I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby.
Although Roe v. Wade is constantly being challenged, Handler says that she has no fears about abortion becoming illegal. She thinks the country is too progressive to be taking steps back at this point.
We’re too far ahead of the game. Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward. That would be like the government saying, “Okay, we’re taking away your right to vote too.” You can’t introduce a black person and be like, “Oh, I just got a slave!” That era is over.
You can read Handler's entire essay for Playboy here, just make sure you clear your browser history after reading. Your partner will never buy the old "I was just reading an essay on Roe v. Wade!" excuse.