December 21, 2016

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Lena Dunham Apologizes for Abortion Comment

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After Lena Dunham made headlines yesterday for saying that she wishes she'd had an abortion (in an attempt to be more empathetic for a pro-choice episode of her Women of the Hour podcast), the Girls creator is now apologizing for the senseless comment and explaining why she said it.

"I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy," Dunham said in an Instagram post. "My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma."

The actress and writer's podcast was about destigmatizing abortion and how she carried around the idea that abortion was "taboo" for longer than she should have. "Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had," Dunham said on the episode.

The comment was met with backlash, and her name quickly trended on Twitter. In her apology note, she attempted to explain her reasoning:

"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," Dunham said. "That's my fault."

 Read the full statement in the post below:

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