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Chelsea Handler opened up about her abortions in a candid new essay.

'Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward.'

Chelsea Handler opened up about her abortions in a candid new essay.

If anyone knows how to tell it like it is, it's comedian Chelsea Handler.


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She's brutally honest. She detests political correctness. And she has a no-b.s. policy for anyone who wants to dictate what she should or shouldn't do with her own body: "I dare them."

In a new essay published on June 24, Handler opened up about the abortions she's had and why Planned Parenthood matters.

In the piece, published by Playboy (that link is safe to open at work, I swear), Handler notes she was an "irresponsible" 16-year-old when she had unprotected sex and became pregnant twice with the same guy.

But "we all make mistakes," she explained. And she doesn't regret accessing care at Planned Parenthood to make the best decision for herself and her future at 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," she wrote. "I’m 41 now. I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby."

"We have 7.3 billion people on this planet," she wrote. "Anybody who carefully decides not to become a parent — let alone a bad parent, which is what I would have become — should be applauded for making a smart and sustainable decision.

Handler's essay came just a few days before the Supreme Court's historic ruling on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

Arguably the biggest abortion case taken up by the Supreme Court since 1992, the justices ruled in a 5-3 decision that forcing abortion clinics to have surgical facilities and doctors who have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals posed an "undue burden" on a person's ability to obtain an abortion.

The ruling undid a Texas law that would have effectively closed about half the state's abortion clinics.

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“Abortions taking place in an abortion facility are safe — indeed, safer than numerous procedures that take place outside hospitals and to which Texas does not apply its surgical-center requirements,” Justice Breyer wrote for the majority.

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes."

The court's ruling affirms (and expands) the constitutional right for a person to choose when they have a child. That's huge.

It's also something Handler is probably pretty damn pleased about.

"Like millions of women, I can live my life without an unplanned child born out of an unhealthy relationship because of Roe v. Wade," Handler wrote.

"Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward.

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In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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