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Lena Dunham: “I Wish I Had An Abortion”

Gossip Cop logo Gossip Cop 20/12/2016 Shari Weiss

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Lena Dunham is raising eyebrows for confirming she’s never had an abortion, but saying she “wishes” she had. 

Dunham, a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose, made the comment on her podcast, “Women of the Hour.” In the second season’s fifth episode, which actually came out a few days ago, she extensively discussed the topic of abortion. The “Girls” creator was addressing her own inability to fully understand what it’s like to go through such a thing when she made the controversial remark.

“Something I’ve thought about a lot is that there is stigma around abortion. We all know that,” she said, noting, “I always thought that I myself didn’t stigmatize abortion. I am a abortion rights activist. It’s a huge part of who I am.”

She went on to share, however, “But one day, when I was visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of her project, in which women share their stories of abortions. 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.”

“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 I was unblemished in this department,” continued Dunham.

The star named her mom and best friend as people in her life who have, in fact, had abortions, and confessed that it all made her realize she had “internalized some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage.” Dunham then admitted, “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

Unsurprisingly, Dunham is now getting trashed by a number of conservative outlets, as well as pro-life Twitter users, who find her statement inappropriate. Others who are objecting are also pointing out that abortions are often painful, tragic experiences, and not something one typically “wishes” to go through.

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