Lena Dunham: Saying I Wish I Had An Abortion Was A ‘Distasteful Joke’

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Lena Dunham claimed she was joking when she said she wished she had had the chance to get an abortion.

The 30-year-old actress called the comment “a distasteful joke,” but she sought to excuse it by saying that she was acting like her TV character when she said it. She called the Instagram explanation an apology, though she never formally apologized. (RELATED: Lena Dunham Takes After Her Mom: ‘I Still Haven’t Had An Abortion, But I Wish I Had’)

Filmmaker Lena Dunham speaks during the SXSW 2014 Film Keynote during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)

Filmmaker Lena Dunham speaks during the SXSW 2014 Film Keynote during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)

“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,” Dunham wrote. “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.” (RELATED: Lena Dunham Apologizes For ‘Narcissistic’ Attack On Odell Beckham Jr.)

“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,” she added. “That’s my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.”

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“My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma,” she continued. “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.”

Katie Jerkovich

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