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Lena Dunham Says She Still Hasn't Had an Abortion But Wishes She Had

by Jennifer Drysdale 12:38 PM PST, December 20, 2016
Playing Lena Dunham Says She Still Hasn't Had an Abortion But Wishes She Had

Lena Dunham is opening up about the stigma surrounding abortion.

The 30-year-old actress began a conversation about reproductive choice on the latest episode of her podcast, Women of the Hour, discussing a time when she was asked to share her abortion story during a visit to Planned Parenthood in Texas, even though she had never had one. 

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

It was in that moment that Dunham said she realized that she was encouraging the stigma instead of fighting it, adding that she wishes she had gone through the experience to better relate to the many women, such as her mother and best friends, who have had abortions.

"Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had," she said.

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This isn't the first time Dunham has made headlines for controversial comments. In September, the Girls star apologized to Odell Beckham Jr. for "narcissistic" comments she made about the NFL player's seeming disinterest in her at the 2016 Met Ball.

See Amy Schumer's reaction to the drama in the video below.

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