On the latest episode of her controversial podcast “Women of the Hour,” claims she’s never been pregnant but wishes she could have an abortion in order to fight the “stigma around this issue.” The actress reveals a story about meeting a young woman at a Planned Parenthood in Texas several years ago. The woman asked the “Girls” star to join a project where women share their personal stories of abortion.
“Something I’ve thought about a lot is the fact that there is stigma around abortion,” Dunham said on her podcast. “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.”
It’s then that Dunham claims the experience made her wish she knew what the feeling of having an abortion was like: “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. Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
Soon enough, many individuals took to Twitter and social media to lambast Dunham’s comments:
.@lenadunham FYI an abortion is not something you “get to have.” It’s an awful experience one SHOULDN’T wish for like a gift from Santa ??
— s a s h a (@kisslow) December 20, 2016
@lenadunham should never be able to brag about having an abortion it’s sad that u think this would make u more authentically pro-choice
— s i h (@Susanna_I_H) December 20, 2016
I can’t even imagine how offensive Lena Dunham’s comments are to women who actually had to go through abortions
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 20, 2016
@KFCBarstool I can’t tell if her consciously making these comments would be worse or being so out of touch she doesn’t even realize it.
— Andrew Rodriguez (@RodriguezAJ100) December 20, 2016
@lenadunham you’re honestly the worst kind of feminist and no one should want an abortion that isn’t just like a fun little choice¿??
— Nora Baron (@bambibaron) December 20, 2016
Saying you wish you’d had an abortion is the stigmatizing action here @lenadunham Abortion is a HARD choice to make, not a trip to get froyo
— Bry!!! on Ice (@bryscalley) December 20, 2016
— Leah Rocketto (@LRocketto) December 20, 2016
A society that’s sick: feeling guilty for *not* having an abortion https://t.co/AiJYHQ41Zd
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizWFB) December 20, 2016
Lena Dunham wants to have an abortion, as a social protest against the ‘stigma’ of ending a human life. Sick. https://t.co/i6pE7B2jou
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) December 20, 2016
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