REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Handler Talks Her Abortion on ‘Rosie’

Chelsea Handler put the jokes aside during an appearance on Rosie, where she discussed an abortion she had at age 16. “I was so delusional,” Handler said. “I was like, I’m ready for a baby.” She said her parents persuaded her to have an abortion instead, and she said she has “no regrets at all.” When host Rosie O’Donnell noted that many women have said they regret their abortions, Handler said, “That’s not the stuff I’ve heard from my friends who’ve had abortions. Listen, not that it was a casual thing that they never thought of again, but it wasn’t a life-defining negative thing.” She also talked about her brother’s death when he was 22 and she was 9, saying she “shut down” after his death but that the tragedy ultimately brought her family closer together.