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Lena Dunham Apologizes for 'Distasteful Joke' About Wishing She Had an Abortion: 'It Didn't Translate'

by Jennifer Drysdale 7:08 PM PST, December 20, 2016
Playing Lena Dunham Apologizes for 'Distasteful Joke' About Wishing She Had an Abortion: 'It Didn't Translate'

Lena Dunham is sorry.

The 30-year-old actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to apologize for recent comments made on her Women of the Hour podcast, in which she stated that she hadn't had an abortion, but wished that she had.

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"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," Dunham began her apology, before trying to explain that she intended her comments to be taken in jest. 

In the podcast, Dunham discussed a time when she was asked to share her abortion story during a visit to Planned Parenthood, even though she had never had one, and explained that she realized, by being proud of the fact that she had never had an abortion, she was encouraging the stigma against the practice.

"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 show is too) and it didn't translate. That's my fault," she said. "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, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don't convey this clearly. I know plenty of people will never like a thing I have to say, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me," she continued.

"You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom," she shared, before announcing that she had given a "sizable donation" to abortion funds in New York, Texas and Ohio.

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

See Dunham's pal Amy Schumer's take on the drama in the video below.

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