Chelsea Handler Responds to Backlash Over Abortion Revelation
TV personality Chelsea Handler is facing criticism after acknowledging she had two abortions by the time she was 16.
On Tuesday, Chelsea took to Twitter to defend her decision to write about her abortions, tweeting, "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."
In an essay for Playboy magazine's "Freedom” issue, she wrote, "My parents acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood. I felt parented, ironically, while I was getting an abortion. And when it was over, I was relieved in every possible way.”
She added, “I'm 41 now. I don't ever look back and think, 'God, I wish I'd had that baby.'”
Handler was well aware that many would oppose her past decisions. She said in the lengthy essay, “It's okay if you think it's not right for women to have abortions — but it's not your problem, because we decide. 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.”