UPDATE: Lena Dunham has apologized for her comments on abortion yesterday, via Instagram:
Lena Dunham has come under criticism for statements she made on the latest episode of her podcast -- namely what many perceived to be a glib wish to have had an abortion in order to more thoroughly inform her activism.
"Something I've thought about a lot is the fact that there is stigma around abortion," Dunham said on "Women of the Hour." "I always thought that I myself didn't stigmatize abortion. I'm an abortion rights activist, it's a huge part of who I am."
She then proceeds to dive into an encounter she had at a Planned Parenthood in Texas several years ago, in which a young girl asked her to share her story of abortion for a project -- an occurrence that jarred Dunham and made her realize she herself had internalized this societal stigma even though, "I myself had never had an abortion."
Dunham then went on to explain that even though she is someone "who cares as much as anybody about a woman's right to choose," she still "felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department." A statement which she ended with the strange and unsettling comment, "Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had."
Listen to her comment for yourself, starting at around the 13-minute mark.
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