Lena Dunham has now apologized for stating that she wishes she had an abortion.
Dunham underwent yet another firestorm Tuesday when she said on her Women of the Hour podcast that she hasn't had an abortion, but she wished she had.
The actress has since taken to Instagram to apologize and clarify her approach with that particular comment.
"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," she 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. 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. That's my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy."
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The Girls creator and star went on to explain how she hopes to "increase awareness and decrease stigma" in the area of reproductive rights.
"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," she continued. "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.
She concluded by linking to AbortionFunds.org and stating that she hope to continue "fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond."
While many of her followers accepted the apology, others felt that her initial comments were unforgivable.