- Actress Whoopi Goldberg opens up about having up to 7 abortions by the age of 25 and ending up on welfare
- She was first married when she was 18
- However, she became single soon after and was once again pregnant.
Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, author, and television host.
She has been nominated for several awards such as Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys.
Goldberg became the second black woman in history to win an Oscar for acting.
The actress played Celie on ‘The Color Purple’ and Oda Mae Brown for the film ‘Ghost,’ both roles earned her high accolades.
Goldberg was invited to the Capitol by Senator Edward Kennedy to speak in favor of federal welfare like ‘Aid to Families with Dependent Children.’
‘The welfare system works. I know it works because I'm here. It gave me enough time to do what I had to do the way I could do it and keep some self-esteem.'
You can read more about Whoopi Goldberg’s journey on ‘The Choice We Made’ written by Angela Bonavoglia.
Goldberg was the daughter of a nurse and got pregnant at the age of 14 and performed a self-abortion.
The next year, the actress got pregnant again.
‘I hadn't been using birth control at that time was the late '60s; everybody was having intercourse.'
She went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion and they gave birth-control pills but the actress claims that the pills didn’t work for her so she became pregnant three more times even with the use of pills.
When Goldberg was 18, she got married and had a daughter but she became single soon after and was once again pregnant.
Going with her stories, Goldberg had around six or seven abortions by the time she was 25 years old.
‘My daughter knew about birth control; she knew about safe s*x; she knew about all that stuff. She didn't want to marry the man. But she wanted to have this baby.’
The actress believes that God gives you a choice.
At YEN, we don’t approve of using abortions as a birth control method but we also don’t judge women who decide to terminate their pregnancies.
There is a lot of information out there that Whoopi didn’t have back then.