16 Celebrities Who Bravely Admitted To Having Abortions

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Chelsea Handler said it best in an essay, in which she admitted to having two abortions at the age of 16.

"It’s okay if you think it’s not right for women to have abortions — but it’s not your problem, because we decide,” Handler wrote in Playboy's Freedom issue.

“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.”

See the other celebrities who went public with their decision.

1. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
Minaj told Rolling Stone that getting an abortion when she was a teen traumatized her. “I thought I was going to die," she admitted. "It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. . . It has haunted me all my life.” Minaj is still, however, pro-choice. “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child," she explained.

2. Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks
"To give up four babies is to give up a lot that would be here now. So that bothers me, a lot, and really breaks my heart. But they're gone, so..." Stevie Nicks told VOX in 1992 of her four abortions. "But I couldn't have because I was too busy. And I had all these commitments."

3. Jemima Kirke

Jemima Kirke
“We do have free choice and we are able to do what we want, but then there are these hoops we have to jump through to get [abortions],” the Girls star said in a PSA for the Center For Reproductive Right's Draw The Line Campaign. "Reproductive issues should be something that women should be able to talk about freely.”

4. Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams
Back in 2012, Williams told ABC's Nightline that she had an abortion. "Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life," Williams said. "I knew in high school that's something that I was not prepared to do or fight or struggle with."

5. Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne
"I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did," Osbourne admitted a few years ago. "It was the first time I'd had sex, and that was rotten. I'd always thought it was going to be all violins, and it was just awful. I was two months gone when I realized. I went to my mum and she said, without pausing for breath: 'You have to get rid of it.' She told me where the clinic was, then virtually pushed me off. She was so angry. She said I'd got myself in this mess, now she had to get me out. But she didn't come. I went alone. I was terrified. It was full of other young girls, and we were all terrified and looking at each other and nobody was saying a bloody word. I howled my way through it, and it was horrible."

6. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg performed an abortion on herself with a coat hanger at the age of 13.

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