Actress Lena Dunham Says She Wishes She Had an Abortion

Actress Lena Dunham Says She Wishes She Had an Abortion

Actress Lena Dunham recently drew criticism when she said she has not had an abortion, but that she wishes she had.

According to, Dunham, who created and starred in the HBO series Girls, recalled on her podcast, Women of the Hour, a trip she made to a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic.

While there, another woman asked her to share about her experience having an abortion.

"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,” recalled Dunham.

“And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue,” she continued. “Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department.”

She concluded that this experience made her realize that “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

Listeners were quick to criticize Dunham for her comments.

“I can’t even imagine how offensive Lena Dunham’s comments are to women who actually had to go through abortions,”  one Twitter user wrote.

“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,” another commented.

Dunham later posted on Instagram that she didn’t mean to trivialize the “emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.”


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Publication date: December 21, 2016