Lena Dunham on Her Podcast: ‘I Still Haven’t Had an Abortion, But I Wish I Had.’
The latest edition of Lena Dunham’s “Women of the Hour” podcast has raised the ire of many, especially in the conservative blogosphere, for some of her comments on abortion. Titled “Choice,” the episode is comprised of different segments related to abortion, but it’s the line that closes one of Dunham’s interstitials (segment starts at about 13:25 into the show) that is getting the most attention. Speaking about her friends and family members who have had abortions, she concludes the segment by saying that “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
Contextually speaking, this came at the end of a monologue about stigmatization of abortion, including Dunham commenting on how it’s seemingly more difficult now to portray an abortion on network television than it was in the 1970s. But then she told a story that she said made her realize that she was doing the same thing:
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. 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. 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.
From there, Dunham ruminates on how she “had internalized some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage,” leading to the line that got us here:“Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.” While much of the criticism of her comments comes with a political bent, some people on social media are singling out the line as just, well, dumb:
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