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List Rules Famous people who have spoken openly about having an abortion - or are rumored to have had one

List of Celebrities Who Had Abortions, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. An abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal of a fetus. The practice is controversial and has been the subject of much debate in politics. Many people believe that abortions should be illegal no matter what the circumstance and many others believe that a woman should have the right to choose.

Who is the most famous person who had an abortion? Marilyn Monroe tops our list. The Some Like it Hot star supposedly had 12 abortions by the time she was 29. Also, there are allegedly FBI files that claim that Monroe had an abortion less than 15 days before her death. It is thought that one of the Kennedy brothers were the father. Other actresses from Hollywood's golden era that have had abortions include Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, and Fay Wray.

Many modern celebrities have been outspoken about their choice to have an abortion. Whoopi Goldberg performed an abortion on herself using a coat hanger at age 14. Chelsea Handler has given interviews discussing how she became pregnant and age 16 and she got an abortion after encouragement from her parents.

Other celebrity women who had abortions include Vanessa Williams, Stevie Nicks, Sharon Osbourne, Toni Braxton, and Sherri Shepherd.

What do you think about these celebrities being outspoken about their experiences? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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Chelsea Handler has spoken openly about having an abortion at age 16.

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, Livingston, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Model Screenwriter, + more

Credits: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, MTV Video Music Awards 2010, After Lately

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Suzanne Somers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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Suzanne Somers almost bled to death after giving herself an illegal abortion. She later married her partner at the time, her current husband, Alan Hamel.

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Age: 70

Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Author, Actor, Singer Writer

Credits: Step by Step, Three's Company, She's the Sheriff, American Graffiti

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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Whoopi Goldberg supposedly used a coat hanger on herself to perform an abortion at age 14. She gave birth to her daughter, Alexandrea Martin, when she was 17. Goldberg became a grandmother at age 34 when Alexandrea gave birth at age 16.

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Singer-songwriter Film Producer, + more

Credits: The View (1997) Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) The 74th Annual Academy Awards The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) The 71st Annual Academy Awards The 71st Annual Academy Awards

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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In his book Marilyn, Norman Mailer wrote that Monroe's photographer, Milton Greene, says that Monroe had at least 12 abortions by the time she was 29.

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Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer Showgirl

Credits: Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire

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Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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Sharon Osbourne has said that the biggest mistake of her life was having an abortion at age 17. She later had three miscarriages and believes that they were caused by damaged to her cervix during the procedure. Osbourne also gave birth her three children, Aimee, Jack, and Kelly Osbourne.

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Promoter, Film Producer Talent manager, + more

Credits: The Talk, The X Factor, The Sharon Osbourne Show, America's Got Talent

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Jemima Kirke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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In April 2015, Jemima Kirke released a PSA video about her decision to get an abortion when she was a college student in 2007. “I still see shame and embarrassment around terminating pregnancies, getting pregnant—I still see it,” she says in the video. “So I have always been open about my stories, especially with other women.”


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Age: 31

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Painter, Actor

Credits: Girls, Tiny Furniture

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Vanessa L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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Vanessa Williams spoke about having an abortion when she was a teen in an interview with "Nightline." She later gave birth to her four children between the ages of 24 and 27.

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Millwood, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Eraser, Shaft, Soul Food, Ugly Betty

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Naya Rivera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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In her 2016 memoir Sorry Not Sorry, Glee star Naya Rivera admits to having had an abortion in 2010, when the show was at the height of its popularity. Rivera terminated the pregnancy, an accident with Ryan Dorsey of Justified, to focus on her career. 

Rivera and Dorsey have since married, and in 2015, she gave birth to their first child, son Josey Hollis Dorsey. Speaking with People about the abortion, Rivera said, 

It was very scary to open... It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it.

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Santa Clarita, Valencia, California, United States of America

Profession: Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer

Credits: The Master of Disguise, Glee, The Naughty List, At the Devil's Door

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