Chelsea Handler Discusses Having an Abortion at 16

02/10/2012 at 11:20 AM EST

Chelsea Handler Discusses Having an Abortion at 16
Chelsea Handler and Rosie O'Donnell
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Chelsea Handler is used to making people laugh on her evening talk show and new sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea?, but the comedian turned serious this week, opening up about the abortion she had at age 16.

"I was so delusional," Handler, 36, recalled during an interview on The Rosie Show earlier this week. "I was like, I'm ready for a baby."

But while Handler was enthused about the idea of becoming a teen mom, it was actually her parents who convinced her to abort the pregnancy, she told Rosie O'Donnell.

"I was trying to argue with them and they were like, 'You don't understand," Handler explained. "'You're throwing your entire life away. You're not having a child right now. This is not what our family's about. You know, you're supposed to create a life for yourself, and we want you to enjoy your life and not be raising a child. And we're certainly not going to raise it for you.' "

Now, Handler, who said in 2007 that she didn't see kids in her immediate future, believes it was the right decision.

"I wouldn't be a good mother," she said. "I have no regret at all."

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