Lena Dunham has apologised for a “distasteful joke” about abortion.
In the latest episode of her podcast, Women of the Hour, the actress discussed a woman’s legal right to choose to have an abortion – something she supports.
She spoke about a girl asking her to be part of a project which involved women sharing stories of abortions.
At the end of the story she said: “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
The comment didn’t go down well.
.@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
I can't even imagine how offensive Lena Dunham's comments are to women who actually had to go through abortions
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 20, 2016
To be such a talented woman of words and writing, Lena Dunham still manages to say all the wrong things
— tea with tami ☕️ (@TeaWithTami) December 20, 2016
The Girls star responded in an Instagram post which said: “I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.
“My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma.
“I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips… but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me.
“You mean everything to me.”
She also explained she has given money to charity following the criticism of the podcast.
“You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar?
“Well in mine, if you mess up your pro-choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds.”
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