Lena Dunham is no stranger to controversy.
As we reported, the Girls star ruffled feathers when she said in a podcast that she wishes she had an abortion. Many felt the actress’ comments were insensitive toward women who had actually gone through the difficult and life-changing process.
On Tuesday, the New York-native took to Instagram to address the scandal and to clarify her words. She wrote:
“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.”
Regarding her comments about abortion, she concedes they were “distasteful” and were never meant to downplay the seriousness of reproductive rights.
“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.”‘
In order to correct her mistake, Dunham will make a generous donation to several pro-choice organizations.
“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
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