In a piece for Playboy magazine, comedian Chelsea Handler described the two abortions she had as a teenager as a “thoughtful” decision and lauds her parents for pressuring her into having her first abortion.
The piece was unironically included in Playboy’s “Freedom Issue,” which I guess is true unless you’re talking about the unborn children being aborted.
According to People, Handler described the two abortions she had when she was 16 as being overwhelmingly positive experiences in a smiley-faced take on the procedures.
She said the first abortion was precipitated by deciding to have unprotected sex with her boyfriend because she thought she could handle a child.
“I just thought, ‘Why not?’ I can have a baby. Maybe I’ll have twins and give them rhyming names,” Handler writes.
“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.”
She has been open about this abortion in the past, but used the piece to reveal a second abortion in her 16th year — one which the now-41-year-old Handler says she could barely afford the $230 Planned Parenthood fee for.
“Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it’s still necessary to make a thoughtful decision,” she writes.
“We all make mistakes all the time. I happened to f*** 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.”
First, “we all mistakes” is no excuse for acts that endanger or end human life. If that were true, nobody would ever be charged with DUI.
Second, no alternative to Handler’s ending of human life is ever even considered in her piece. Adoption? Apparently, that would be “risking my health.” Yes, the infinitesimally small chance of complications during childbirth is simply too much to risk bringing two human lives she willfully created through her own ignorance into the world for Chelsea Handler.
As for attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, Handler called them “infuriating” but said it wasn’t going to happen.
“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,’ ” Handler writes. “You can’t introduce a black person and be like, ‘Oh, I just got a slave!’ That era is over.”
Funny thing that Handler compares the pro-life movement to racism, considering how Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist and continues to be so. However, I find it more revealing what Handler calls “progress.”
Progress, to Chelsea Handler, is a 16-year-old who creates two human lives through their own ignorance and is then able to stamp them out as cheaply as possible, who then looks back on the decision in her 40s as “thoughtful.”
If that’s what qualifies as progress to Chelsea Handler, she shouldn’t be surprised that so many people are opposed to it — or that so many people want to progress in a different direction.
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