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Celebrities Who Had Abortions

Updated June 14, 2019 740.1k views54 items

List RulesFamous 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.

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    Chelsea Handler has spoken openly about having an abortion at age 16.


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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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      • 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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          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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