Outspoken feminist Lena Dunham has apologized for suggesting abortion is hilarious.
The “Girls” star and leftist activist said she “wishes she had” an abortion on the podcast “Women of the Hour.”
Dunham, 30, made the throwaway comment when asked to recall her own experiences with abortion during a visit to a Planned Parenthood:
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.
So many people I love – my mother, my best friends – have had to have abortions for all kinds of reasons. I feel so proud of them for their bravery … Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.
Dunham’s thoughtless remarks were slammed by both liberals and conservatives. Even feminists bashed the clueless millennial for trivializing abortion.
Others pointed out that abortion is “not a trend” that makes you hip, as Hollywood stars are so desperate to be.
Lena Dunham,having an abortion is not a trend,women who choose this path dont think it is cute, your whiteness, privilege reeks, #lenadunham
— Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) December 20, 2016
— GSXXIII™ (@GSG_238) December 20, 2016
"I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had,"- Lena Dunham who thinks abortions are a rite of passage to be the ultimate feminist
— fake gold (@jackiecarbajal) December 21, 2016
Lena Dunham saying she wishes she had an abortion is just her wishing someone could actually get near her and keep an erection.
— I Am Leah (@Bossy_Leah) December 20, 2016
Dunham has since apologized on Instagram. In a lengthy post, Dunham claimed her comment was a “distasteful joke.” She added that she never meant to trivialize abortion:
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’ personal I often inhabit … 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 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.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are still waiting for Lena Dunham and her socialist Hollywood comrades to move to Canada, as they promised they’d do if Donald Trump got elected.
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