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Lena Dunham Causes Controversy After Saying She Wishes She Had An Abortion

Lena Dunham Abortion

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Lena Dunham has been at the center of numerous controversies since she walked into the spotlight with HBO’s hit series Girls, but her most recent comments made during a podcast yesterday may be unredeemable.

While hosting “Women of the Hour,” the 30-year-old actress recalled a visit to a Texas Planned Parenthood several years ago. While she was there, a girl asked her to share her experience with abortion.

“I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion,’ I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that, as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion,” she said. “And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department.”

She went on to commend her loved ones who have had abortions for their “bravery” and “self-knowledge,” while acknowledging that she needs to put her own stigma about the issues “in the garbage.”

She ended her story with, “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

Listeners were less than enthused about her closing statements.

Others stood up for her.

She has since come out and apologized in a lengthy Instagram post.

“My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means,” her post began. “I’m so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my [art won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated.”

She continued, “My words were spoken from a sort of ‘delusional girl’ persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that’s what my TV show is too) and it didn’t translate. That’s my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma.”

Check out her full post below:

My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don't choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I'm so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won't diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. My words were spoken from a sort of "delusional girl" persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that's what my TV show is too) and it didn't translate. That's my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma. I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don't convey this truth clearly. I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me. You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom. You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar? Well in mine, if you mess up your pro-choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds (https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio 💰I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.

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What do you think about her comments? Was it a tasteless joke she didn’t think about or did she just misspeak? Was her message something to back or is it entirely inappropriate? Sound off below.

Alexa LyonsCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Writer and editor living in New York City who also loves Taking Back Sunday, bad reality TV, and Leonardo DiCaprio (not necessarily in that order).
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