Babies are a blessing. However, there are many reasons why someone would want to get an abortion. Most couples choose abortion because they are not ready – financially or psychologically - for a baby. These moms and dads are unable to support or care for a child. The next common reason people choose abortion is to end an unwanted pregnancy. Others do it because they fear their baby will have embarrassing defects or medical conditions. Most constitutions support abortion if it is done to save the life of the mother or in rape cases. This prevents the mother from being afflicted by mental or physical problems associated with the baby.
There are safe and unsafe methods of abortion. Safe methods of abortion include procedures that safely terminate a pregnancy without putting the life of the mother in danger. These methods include the use of abortion pills or by suction. Both methods are done in a clinic. Unsafe methods of abortion include procedures that are likely to end in grave consequences for the mother. These methods are often acts of desperation and include using coat hangers such in the case of Whoopi Goldberg, punching the stomach until abortion is induced, using other sharp objects to break the amniotic sac and inserting toxic mixtures such as chili peppers into the womb. This could lead to the woman bleeding to death.
Safe or unsafe, even celebrities have had abortions. Here are 10 celebrities you didn’t know have had an abortion:
10 Chelsea Handler
Handler had an abortion at the age of 16. She openly talked about it on The Rosie Show. During the interview, Chelsea said that she was delusional after getting the pregnancy news, although she felt she was ready for it. However, her parents convinced her to get an abortion. She said, “I was trying to argue with them and they were like, 'You don't understand… You're not having a child right now.” After a couple of years, Chelsea says she has no regrets about it. In fact, she says she would have been a horrid mother if she had the baby.
9 Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers grew up with a verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. Her mother was a homemaker. She was poor at school due to her dyslexia but did well in arts. She had her first child with Bruce Somers in 1965, which made her drop out of arts school. Her marriage to Bruce was rocky, so she started having an affair. In the 80s, she dated Alan Hamel. Alan was married at the time and Suzanne was a single mom. Suzanne became pregnant and both decided to abort it. As a result of the illegal abortion, Suzanne nearly bled to death.
8 Sharon Osbourne
You probably know Sharon well from the TV show America’s Got Talent. Sharon has come out about her abortion and has described it as her greatest regret. She had the procedure at 17 years of age. At the time, she went alone to the clinic. She says, “It was full of other young girls, and we were all terrified and looking at each other and nobody was saying a bloody word.” Afterwards, she had three miscarriages due to an enlarged cervix owing to the procedure. However, she went on to have three children with Ozzy Osbourne, namely Aimee Osbourne, Kelly Lee Osbourne and Jack Joseph Osbourne.
7 Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi abandoned her home and became a street child for a number of years. During this time, she abused drugs and engaged in reckless sexual activity. At the age of 13, she became pregnant and attempted a self-inflicted abortion using a coat hanger. This wasn’t the only abortion she had. She underwent the procedure four times until one day she was fed up. She gave birth to her daughter Alexandrea Martin at the age of 17. By 34, Alexandrea had given birth to Whoopi’s grandchild. Despite all this, Whoopi has had a successful acting career appearing in films such as Sister Act, The Color Purple, Toy Story 3 and Rat Race.
6 Marilyn Monroe
A book titled Marilyn claims that Marilyn Monroe aborted 12 times by the time she celebrated her 29th birthday. Marilyn became a major sex symbol during the 50s and 60s. She appeared in a number of films including There's No Business Like Show Business, The Prince and the Showgirl and Some Like It Hot. She was also allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with US President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy. She was found dead at her Los Angeles residence from what was concluded as acute barbiturate poisoning from possible suicide.
5 Vanessa L. Williams
An 18-year-old boy molested Vanessa L. Williams when she was ten years old. In an interview, she said that if felt so good that it had to be normal. As a result, she became pregnant. She was so scared that her parents would find out. So she decided to terminate the pregnancy through an abortion. She then went on to be married twice. Her first marriage was to Ramon Hervey II in 1987. The two had three children, namely Melanie, Jillian and Devin. The marriage lasted 10 years. In 1999, she married NBA star Rick Fox and in 2000 they welcomed their daughter Sasha.
4 Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton revealed in her autobiography Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir that she had an abortion in 2001. This was before she got married. She later married Keri Lewis in 2001. During the same year, she gave birth to their first child Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis. Their second child Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis was born in March 2003. Later, he was diagnosed with Autism. In the same autobiography, Toni Braxton believes that the autism is a punishment from God for aborting her first pregnancy. Her career is a successful one having won prestigious awards such as an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, a Billboards Music Award for R&B Female Artist of the Year, and a 2015 Grammy for the Best R&B Album.
3 Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd has “had more abortions than I would like to count.” That is what she said during one interview on The View. While growing up, she entered into a very physically abusive relationship. Her self-worth became so low that she didn’t mind anyone killing her. At the time, she was a Jehovah’s Witness. After a period of hardship, she converted into a Christian. She says that accepting God as the savior of her life helped her overcome her life’s hardships including her abortions and her divorce from Jeff Tarpley. Today, she actively fundraises for the YAI Sherri Shepherd ‘Believe in Abilities’ Fund and hosts ‘NickMom Night Out’ for the Nickelodeon channel.
2 Lil' Kim
Lil’ Kim got pregnant with Notorious B.I.G’s baby while he was still married to Faith Evans. She was so dependent and loyal to Biggie that when Biggie coerced her to get an abortion, she immediately did. Sources also say that Lil Kim believed that she was Biggie’s girlfriend. Despite all this, she is a successful songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She has also appeared on shows such as Zoolander, Superhero Movie and Paris Hilton's My New BFF. She has also won multiple awards such as a Grammy for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and a MOBO Fashion Icon Award.
1 Margaret Cho
Cho entered into a relationship with an irresponsible man. They then became pregnant. Cho didn’t want to keep the baby. So she went to the doctor. The doctor recognized her from TV. The doctor started chatting her up about her TV show but all she could say was “You know what? That’s fine, but could you just kill my baby?” Today, she is engaged to Al Ridenour and is a successful singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and comedienne. She is also openly bisexual and has appeared in films such as Face/Off alongside John Travolta and Drop Dead Diva.