EntertainmentCelebrities Chelsea Handler opens up about having two abortions at 16 Chelsea Handler said in an essay in Playboy magazine that she had two legal abortions when she was 16. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Don Emmert By Frank Lovece Special to Newsday Updated June 28, 2016 10:13 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Comedian Chelsea Handler, in a personal essay on reproductive rights, says she is grateful to have been able to have two safe, legal abortions as a teenager. “When I got pregnant at the age of 16, getting an abortion wasn’t the first idea that popped into my unripened brain,” Handler, 41, writes in the new issue of Playboy magazine. “I was going through a very bad stage in my life. I hated my parents and I was having unprotected sex with my boyfriend. . . . I wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards, and when I got pregnant I just thought, Why not? I can have a baby.” Her parents, she says, realized the extraordinary difficulties of teen motherhood and took her to Planned Parenthood for the procedure. “And when it was over,” Handler writes, “I was relieved in every possible way.” Handler, whose series “Chelsea” is Netflix’s first original talk show, became pregnant again that year and underwent another abortion. Conceding that “getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible,” she notes that, “We all make mistakes all the time. . . . 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. . . . I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby.” By Frank Lovece Special to Newsday Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.