Pro-abortion comedian Chelsea Handler is facing criticism this week after she wrote a column defending the two abortions she had when she was just 16.
Handler, a vocal abortion activist, recently revealed for the first time that she had two abortions in one year while she was a teenager, according to People. She described that time in her life as “irresponsible” – not because of the two abortions but because of the pregnancies. Her abortions, Handler claimed, were “thoughtful” decisions.
After her column came out in Playboy, however, some fans accused her of showing off about aborting her unborn babies, US Magazine reports.
On Tuesday, Handler responded to the criticism on Twitter, writing, “When I agreed to write an article on a woman’s right to choose, I certainly wasn’t bragging. I chose to tell the truth. #shouldbemoreofit”
When I agreed to write an article on a woman’s right to choose, I certainly wasn’t bragging. I chose to tell the truth. #shouldbemoreofit
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 28, 2016
The Tweet prompted even more comments, some from abortion supporters who praised her “honesty,” and others from pro-lifers saddened that she would promote the killing of innocent unborn babies:
@chelseahandler Using abortion as birth control is disgusting. Some would love to be able to get pregnant. Ever think of adoption? Selfish..
— Nick Notheis (@godawgs678) June 29, 2016
In the column, Handler wrote that when she was 16, she was going through a rough time. She had a bad relationship with her parents, and she decided to have unprotected sex with her boyfriend.
“I just thought, ‘Why not?’ I can have a baby,” she wrote. “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. My parents recognized that, so they acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood.”
Rather than support her and their grandchild, her parents pushed her into having an abortion. Later that year, Handler became pregnant again. For the second time, she went to Planned Parenthood and shelled out $230 to abort her second child.
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Now 41, Handler said she made a mistake getting pregnant twice when she was 16, but she has never regretted her abortions. Instead, she called them a “thoughtful decision.” Handler said she would have been a “bad parent” at 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,” she wrote.
It is difficult not to wonder whether Handler’s babies would have been born if her parents had supported her desire to parent. Teen girls often face pressure from their parents to have abortions when they become pregnant. A 2013 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that one in 10 teens who had abortions felt pressured or pushed into the decision. In 2013, a Texas teenager even was forced to sue her parents after they tried to make her abort her unborn child against her will, LifeNews reported.
Lack of support, whether financial or emotional or familial, often is a key factor in a woman’s decision whether to abort her unborn baby. Pro-life organizations across the U.S. reach out to women for this very purpose and help them find the support that they and their babies need. If Handler had found support from her parents or boyfriend or even a pregnancy resource center, there is a chance that the babies who she wanted when she was 16 might have been alive today.