Lena Dunham has, once again, apologized after making a comment that many found offensive.
During the Dec. 14 episode of her podcast, Women of the Hour, she discussed and debated women’s health and the stigma around abortions — revealing she herself has never had one but she “wished” she did.
She spoke openly about her experience working with a woman at a Planned Parenthood in Texas, and revealed how she came to terms with her own internalized stigma against abortion.
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“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. 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 it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department,” she explained.
She continued, “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
It didn’t take long for many people to find serious offense with her choice of words regarding the controversial issue.
Shortly after her statements were picked up by many news outlets, she issued an apology via Instagram.
“My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in American, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means,” she wrote on the picture above. “I’m so proud of the medley of voices in this 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 in New York, Texas, and Ohio. I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.”