Abortion activist and planned Parenthood spokeswoman Lena Dunham is apologizing for saying, “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.” After reports in LifeNews and other media outlets spotlighted her comment, Dunham’s remarks went viral yesterday on social media with millions of people complaining about them.
On Thursday, Dunham released the latest episode of her Women of the Hour podcast titled “Choice.” Dunham called her audio show a “safe space” for her audience to think about issues like abortion and she complained about the “stigma” associated with abortions.
“So many people I love – my mother, my best friends – have had to have abortions for all kinds of reasons,” Dunham said. “I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge, and it was a really important moment for me then to realize I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage.”
To do that, Dunham concluded: “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
Now, according to a report in People magazine, Dunham is apologizing and noted she posted the apology on Instagram.
“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 part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated.”
Dunham said her comment came from a “delusional girl” perspective that “careens between wisdom and ignorance.”
Dunham wrote she “would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy,” adding, “My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma.”
“My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom,” Dunham continued. “I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.”
This isn’t the first time Dunham has come under fire.
Dunham was embroiled in a firestorm of her own creation after excerpts of her new book were published. In one quote from the book, the prominent abortion activist essentially admits to sexually abusing her little sister.
She also faced backlash for calling the aborti0onist who killed Gloria Steinem’s baby a “hero.”