In a recent article, entertainer Chelsea Handler admitted to having an abortion when she was 16 years old. While some of her fans were disappointed with this information, I was more disappointed in the rationale and reasoning that was given for the abortion, and the sense of honor and dignity she was attempting to give to her decision.
In the article Handler is quoted as saying, "I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that's what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about." There is so much here to hold issue with, where do I begin...first of all the abortion.
Baring any evidence or claim that she was molested (which she wasn't, at least not any resulting in this pregnancy), or that it was incest (which it was also not), then the abortion is a violation against nature, against God and his laws and principles, and therefore should be morally equal to coming out and saying 'I killed my newborn baby because I didn't want it.'
Second, she claims that having an abortion is something she should have done. As if she was being morally compelled to do the "right thing" or that the decision somehow made rational sense to do so. Lets assume that there is a rational reason for such a thing...what was her claim of rationale - because she would now have a 20 year old kid....I'm waiting for the rationale.
So what if you would have had a 20 year old kid?! People grow up, that is not a crime against nature. That is the natural process of life. Then, as if to hold claim to some moral accomplishment in her acts, she said that this is not something to be dishonest about. This statement not only implies that there are things that you should lie about, but that somehow honesty trumps murder in the moral grand scheme of things.
Bravo Chelsea Handler. I didn't think you could produce any further reasons for me to not like you or your show, but you went ahead and did it anyway. The only bonus that can come from such an experience is the hope that you will have fewer fans to influence in the future.