The debate continues over life versus choice. Everybody has an opinion. Whatever your stance on abortion may be, you have to hand it to any celebrity brave enough to talk publicly about having one. These are 10 celebrities who had an abortion and went on the record about it.
1. Sherri Shepherd
The former host of “The View” has made the comment, “I’ve had more abortions than I can count” in one interview—a comment she’s since had to spend much time apologizing for. Shepherd says she feels a lot of shame over that comment.
2. Joan Collins
English actress Collins has children, but early on in life she became pregnant with fiancé Warren Beatty and had an abortion. Collins says she has no regrets over that decision.
3. Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg left home as a child and lived on the streets. When she was 13 she became pregnant and gave herself an abortion. This would be the first of five abortions for the actress. Goldberg eventually married one of her drug counselors in a rehabilitation facility at the age of 18 and had a child with him soon after.
4. Toni Braxton
About a decade ago singer Braxton had an abortion and she says she is still haunted by it today. Braxton says she sometimes wonders if the fact that her son Diezel was born autistic was “God’s payback” for her abortion.
5. Chelsea Handler
Comedian and talk shot host Handler admitted on “The Rosie Show” that she was pregnant at the age of 16. Handler wanted at the time to keep the baby but her parents encouraged her to have an abortion. Today Handler says she realizes that was the right decision.
6. Sharon Osbourne
Wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne had an abortion at the age of 17. Osbourne has said she believes the three miscarriages she had later in life were due to complications from her abortion.
7. Vanessa Williams
The “Ugly Betty” star and former model revealed in an interview that she had an abortion as a teenager that she hid from her parents. Williams has said that she believed she became sexually active earlier than most because she was molested as a child.
8. Margaret Cho
Standup comedian Cho said in an interview that when she was at the height of her alcoholism (or should we say depths) she got pregnant by a man she described as an “irresponsible boyfriend.” Cho said in the interview that the doctor who performed the abortion gave her some words of encouragement about her career.
9. Lil’ Kim
Rapper Lil’ Kim became pregnant with Notorious B.I.G.’s child while he was married to Faith Evans. Kim aborted the child, and Evans seems to have let bygones be bygones, but reportedly Lil’ Kim still resents Evans.
10. Suzanne Somers
Although Alan Hamel would eventually become Somers’ husband, when they began seeing each other Hamel was married. Somers became pregnant during their affair and she decided with Hamel to have an abortion. Somers’ abortion reportedly had painful complications.