We all suffer from foot in mouth disease sometimes but this comment from Lena Dunham has gone to the next level.
The Girls’ actor is a feminist in every sense of the word, but somehow she has managed to offend almost everyone with one statement.
While we can see that the sentiment was well-intentioned, the comment itself cannot be ignored.
“I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
WISHING she had gone through a procedure that many women attribute to the hardest decision of their lives?
WISHING that she unintentionally got pregnant and decided to terminate?
Without casting any judgement on a person’s Pro-Choice or Pro-Life stance, the statement as it stands is insensitive to all those women who have made that decision or been forced into that decision due to undesirable circumstances.
But let’s backtrack.
Ultimately the comment came to be when she was talking about abortion on her podcast “Women of the Hour”.
The actress had recently visited a Planned Parenthood in Texas and was amongst a group of women who were discussing their own personal experiences with abortion.
“I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion,’ I told her,” she explained in her podcast.
“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.
“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.
“Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
We (kinda) get it.
Dunham said the comments as a way of saying she wished she could better understand the physical and emotional pain on a personal level to better advocate for the cause.
And we absolutely don’t want to downplay the amazing things Lena does to empower women and humans in general from all walks of life.
She ultimately is striving to reduce the stigma attached to abortion, and even as a staunch feminist noticed it in her own reactions.
But the statement has even her biggest supporters offside.
**Sees Lena Dunham trending**
Me: Oh God. What she do now?🙄
**Reads her comment about wishing she had an abortion**
— William Haywood (@Will_CLT_2017) December 20, 2016
.@lenadunham 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 😑🙄
— s a s h a (@kisslow) December 20, 2016
@lenadunham should never be able to brag about having an abortion it’s sad that u think this would make u more authentically pro-choice
— s i h (@Susanna_I_H) December 20, 2016
@lenadunham you’re honestly the worst kind of feminist and no one should want an abortion that isn’t just like a fun little choice¿??
— Nora Baron (@bambibaron) December 20, 2016
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