'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Apologizes For Saying She Wishes She Had Experienced Abortion

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Lena Dunham in Los Angeles, California, December 9, 2015. Dunham made a comment on abortion on her weekly ‘Women of the Hour’ podcast, which she has since apologized for. Jason Merritt/Getty

Girls star Lena Dunham has apologized for saying she wishes she had had an abortion.

Dunham made the controversial comment on the latest episode of her Women of the Hour podcast, where she hosted a discussion about reproductive rights in America. During a visit to Planned Parenthood in Texas, the 30 year old says she was approached by a young girl who asked if she would like to share her "abortion story."

"I almost jumped. I've never had an abortion, I told her," Dunham said. "I wanted to make it really clear that I myself had never had an abortion."

Dunham said the experience revealed to her that she was carrying a stigma that was forced on her by society and then internalised. She concluded the anecdote by saying: "I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had," causing uproar online:

In an Instagram post this week, Dunham apologized for what she has called her "distasteful" comment.

"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 explained.

"That's my fault. 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 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. You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom.

"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 in New York, Texas and Ohio. I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond."

Dunham also said she has made a "sizeable donation" to Abortion Funds.