Andy Richter: I’m ‘Eternally Grateful’ For Abortion At Planned Parenthood

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Andy Richter said he is “eternally grateful” to Planned Parenthood for giving his girlfriend an abortion in the 1990s.

(Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)

(Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)

During a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles, the comedian — who is best known for his role as Conan O’Brien’s sidekick — told the story of how his girlfriend — who is now his wife — got an abortion.

“In 1992, my girlfriend and I were having a rough time,” Richter told the audience. “We’d been performing in a show together for a couple of years, but it had come to an end, and we found ourselves living apart. She was in New York City working three jobs; I was in Chicago jobless and sleeping on my mother’s couch.” (RELATED: Scarlett Johansson Just Went On A Rant About Planned Parenthood)

“The strain of living apart, and the stress of being two young people attempting to make a living as performers and writers was really taking a toll on its relationship. So when she called me to tell me that she was pregnant, it was not exactly happy news.”

“Luckily for us Planned Parenthood existed,” he continued. (RELATED: Swimsuit Model Rushes To Planned Parenthood’s Defense)

Richter and his wife. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Richter and his wife. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

“My girlfriend knew that she was not ready for motherhood, and I knew that I was in no way prepared to be a father. I drove from Chicago in my battered old Toyota pick-up to be with her when she went to Planned Parenthood to terminate her pregnancy. Her choice to get an abortion was a choice that she made with assuredness. She knew that she was doing the right thing for everyone involved. But I can’t say it was easy. She was sad, and I was sad, and it was sad. But to this day, I know that she will tell you that she made the right decision.”

“Soon after I returned to Chicago, the strain of our long-distance relationship became too much for us, and Sarah and I broke up,” he went on.

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

“But then, what seems like five minutes after that, we realized that breaking up was the stupidest thing we’d ever done. So we got back together, and we got engaged, and we got married, and we had a couple kids, and a parrot and two dogs. And so far, we’ve been married for 22 wonderful years. Planned Parenthood gave two young struggling people the ability to do the thing that is in their name: We got to plan parenthood. When we could barely care for ourselves, much less a newborn, we were able to choose the time when we brought a child into our lives.”

“Planned Parenthood allowed my wife to make the decisions she needed to make in order to control her body and her health, and maintain her life and her future. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.” (RELATED: Chrissy Teigen Urges Fans To Donate To Planned Parenthood After Shooting)

Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent


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