Whoopi welcomed her only child in her first marriage, at the age of 17. But a few years before that, she made one of the most difficult decisions a woman can face.
Whoopi on her pregnancy at 14
At 14, Whoopi was a student at a Catholic school, and her mother was raising her and her brother as a single mom.
At that time, no one had talked to her about birth control, but she was curious about the physical aspect of a romantic relationship. Soon, Whoopi learned that she was pregnant when she didn’t get a period.
In her essay for The Choices We Made, a collection of essays from people who had personal experience with abortion, Whoopi recalled how scared she was when she found out she was pregnant:
I found out I was pregnant when I was fourteen. I didn't get a period. I talked to nobody. I panicked.
Young Whoopi was desperate, but she didn’t talk to her mom. To terminate the pregnancy, she tried the things her girl-friends recommended her, such as hot baths and dubious concoctions. When those didn’t work, Whoopi tried another method. She wrote:
At that moment I was more afraid of having to explain to anybody what was wrong than of going to the park with a hanger, which is what I did.
Luckily for her, she survived and didn’t inflict serious damage on her internal organs. A few years later, she got married and gave birth to a girl.
Whoopi on her daughter welcoming her first child
History did not repeat itself in Alexandrea’s case. Whoopi’s daughter unexpectedly got pregnant when she was 15, but she chose to keep the baby.
Speaking on The Joan Rivers Show at the time, Whoopi admitted she wasn’t happy about the news. But her daughter was determined to have the child, and she did.
Both in Whoopi and Alex’s case, the choices they made must have been extremely hard, but they ultimately did what was right for them, and no one should judge them for that.