- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

HBO “Girls” star Lena Dunham recently told fans of a “wish” to have an abortion as a means of becoming a purer political activist.

Listeners to Ms. Dunham’s “Women of the Hour” podcast on Dec. 15 heard the actor speak of her desire to better relate to the “self-knowledge” of women whose past includes abortion.

“One day, when I was visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of her project in which women share their stories of abortions,” Ms. Dunham told her listeners on Dec. 15, The Blaze reported Tuesday. “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.”

“And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue,” the “Girls” star continued. “Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department. […] I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge, and it was a really important moment for me then to realize I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage. Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

Ms. Dunham’s comments came just days before Salon published a list of “TV’s 10 best abortion moments of 2016.” The actor’s show was not included on the list, but commentary by ideological allies Whoopi Goldberg of ABC’s “The View” and Samantha Bee of TBS’s “Full Frontal” was celebrated. 

“It’s been a good year to talk about abortion,” Salon wrote Dec. 18. “It’s been such a terrible year for women in so many ways, it’s difficult to see the places progress has been made. But no matter how difficult our (mostly male) conservative overlords try to make it, the fact remains that abortion is a constitutional right and a routine procedure that well over half a million real American women undergo a year.”

SEE ALSO: Salon touts ‘TV’s 10 best abortion moments of 2016’: ‘Get Dat Fetus, Kill Dat Fetus’


Ms. Dunham posted an apology for her “distasteful joke” to her official Instagram account late Tuesday.

“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,” she said.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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