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Lena Dunham apologizes for saying she wishes she’d had an abortion

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December 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Lena Dunham has apologized for saying she hasn't had an abortion but wishes she'd had.

"So many people I love – my mother, my best friends – have had to have abortions for all kinds of reasons," the actress said on a podcast last week. "I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge...Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had."

Dunham was promptly shredded by the left and the right on Twitter.

Dunham posted an apology on Instagram and promised to give a "sizable donation" to abortion funds.

"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," she wrote. "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."

 

 

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.

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According to the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Christmas can be an especially difficult time for those who are hurting after abortion. Silent No More and Project Rachel both have a multitude of free resources available for those seeking help after abortion.

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