Chelsea Handler Admits Having Abortion at 16, Slams Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant

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Lots of people are not fans of the Teen Mom phenomenon. Add Chelsea Handler to that list, and for some surprisingly personal reasons, she revealed.

The E! star described her own personal ordeal with teen pregnancy and the choice that changed her life in an interview with the New York Times.

“We need to be focusing on other things. We’re seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment," she says.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta and some of these other shows are just racist. Or 16 and Pregnant. Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you’re a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody.”

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Chelsea Handler knows this situation personally, confessing that she was a pregnant teen who exercised her right to choose, which she's grateful she has.

“I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that’s what I should have done,” Chelsea blantantly states. “Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid."

"Those are things that people shouldn’t be dishonest about.”

You have to hand it to the Handler. She does not mince words and is not shy about who she is, even if that means a lot of people won't like what she is.

Regardless of her view on the issue of choice, do you think Chelsea makes a point that teen pregnancy being too glamorized? Discuss in the comments ...


I believe a woman does have a choice. But I believe that the choice is made when you agree to have sex, unprotected sex. Everyone needs to take responsibility for the choices they have made.... its not like you can get pregnant from some random thing that just happens to you.


Chelsea Handler wouldnt be Chelsea Handler if she didn't have an abortion at 16. I think shes 100% right. I have been raped by 2 different men and then I had an abortion. It was the best decision I ever made! I have a 6 month old son now and he is my everything.


Its their choice. Yes u can have your opinion on against or for. But neither side needs to judge the other. The right choice for one teen may not be the same as the other. The situation is different for every teen.


I am a teen mother and against abortion. My child's father and I were irresponsible and I became pregnant. I had to suck it up, give up spending money carelessly and freedom because of the choices I made.. Abortion is against mother nature. Mothers should never kill their children. This isn't even about god, heaven, or hell. If you become pregnant, grow up and get the hell over it. Don't wanna child? Put it up for adoption. Anyone who aborts are weak and selfish. And for those who will come up with the rape excuse, I stand by what I say. Everything happens for a reason. The child from rape could be the person who cures cancer. If you disagree, that's like saying "i got abused as a child and that's why I'm abusive to my children" ..getting raped doesn't mean you should murder.


Omg I think that it's not that they're getting rewarded for being preggo at 16...I actually believe that they're telling their story. I actually like the shows "16 & Pregnant" and especially "Teen Mom 2" It shows me how I'll end up if I sleep with guys...especially not on birth control or no condomz. I'm 12 right now and I will never get pregnant. Say what you want about me but if I get a child I will abort it. Not even adopt I will abort it. Idc what y'all say. It's painful to give birth and the guy leaves you in the end.. No offense to teen moms. Oh yea but some guys arent jerk-offs n actually stay wit u so yea. But I have 2 think about myself first.. I killed my goldfish by not feeding it so if u gotta say somthin bout dis den like jus kno tht if i killed my could i take care of a baby? The baby neva sinned so it would go to Heaven anyways. I'm not responsible enuff so im neva gon have a baby... dat fool betta slip somethin on hiz "banana" mmmkay?!?!


COMMENT #9 I AGREE! Couldn't have been said better!


As a teenage mother of 2, I have very different views on the subject. I was a teenage mom and yes it was very hard to raise our first. But as parents we stepped up to the plate. I finished school, we lived on our own, we worked, we took care of our children. We have now been married for 8 years with our 3rd and final child due soon. But with that being said I know the hardships in taking care of a child not only as a teen mother but as a parent in general. I very much think it's a womans choice to decide to parent or not. Abortion or Adoption. I would not have done anything different. But I would never judge someone or the choice they have made.

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I think 16 is too young to have a baby. Alot of people that age are not done partying enough to take care of a child. I do believe the 16 and pregnant show is giving children the wrong message.


Not everyone should be a mother and there are toooooo many unwanted children and you're smoking something if you think people are going to give them up for adoption. Anyone who has a child and is under 18 years old should be made to give them up. Ask anyone in jail for a serious crime and I bet 98% of them had a single mom who had them under 21. What kind of life is that!!!


I agree with Chelsea. I was lucky, didn't get pregnant, but taking care of a child that early and not being able to provide is hard. I have a child now and I am glad that I wasn't a teen mom. It's crazy. The abortion part is hard, I would of had it and gave it up for adoption. I think, no sure. You can't say what you would do, unless you are dealing with the issue.

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Livingston, New Jersey
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Chelsea Joy Handler