Actress Lena Dunham: ‘I Haven’t Had an Abortion, but Wish I Had’

Actress Lena Dunham speaks onstage during the 2016 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on April 25, 2016 in New York City.

By Katie Yoder Published on December 20, 2016

Actress and producer Lena Dunham is setting yet another precedent for abortion-obsessed Hollywood: wishing for the opportunity to have had an abortion.

On Thursday, Dunham released the latest episode of her Women of the Hour podcast titled “Choice.” Dunham called her audio show a “safe space” for her audience to think about issues like abortion. Abortion as she saw it, that is.

“I’m a pro-choice woman,” Dunham admitted from the beginning. She credited her mother for her stance: “From an early age, she taught my younger sibling and me to say ‘anti-choice’ instead of ‘pro-life’ because she wanted to make sure that we knew that everyone is pro-life. Some people are anti-choice.”

But in her abortion campaign, Dunham not only saw herself combating “anti-choice” citizens, but also fighting a general “cultural stigma.”

“Something I’ve thought about a lot is the fact that there is stigma around abortion,” she complained. “We all know that there’s cultural stigma, it’s hard to put an abortion on network TV.”

As a show writer and producer of HBO’s Girls, Dunham sure has done a poor job of watching TV. Just last year, ABC’s Scandal showed an abortion scene to the tune of “Silent Night,” and this year, shows like Jane the VirginCrazy Ex-Girlfriend and You’re the Worst also highlighted abortion. Even Gilmore Girls is teasing abortion plotlines yet to come.

But as far as stigma, Dunham saw herself as a part of the problem.

“I always thought that I myself didn’t stigmatize abortion. I’m a — uh abortion rights activist, it’s a huge part of who I am,” she prefaced. She then told the story of how she once tried to distance herself from abortion:

But one day, when I was visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of her project in which women share their stories of abortions. I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion,’ I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion.

“And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue,” Dunham continued. “Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department.”

In the end, her mother and her friends’ abortions persuaded her to change.

“So many people I love — my mother, my best friends — have had to have abortions for all kinds of reasons,” Dunham said. “I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge, and it was a really important moment for me then to realize I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage.”

To do that, Dunham concluded: “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.

This isn’t the first time Lena Duham has advertised abortion. Her HBO show has showcased characters casually mentioning abortion (“I can’t go for a run because I had an abortion”). And, outside of Girls, Dunham loves inserting abortion into media projects, including:

Dunham also boasts strong ties to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider. In the past, she has plugged the abortion giant while hosting SNL and even publicized a “special partnership” with Planned Parenthood during a book tour.

Just this year, Dunham wished Planned Parenthood (“every woman’s main b****”) a happy 100th anniversary. She also defended the organization and gushed over its president Cecile Richards following the Center for Medical Progress videos last year exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts. For its part, Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report heralded Dunham as its media partner.


Editor’s Note: Lena Dunham has since apologized for what she’s now calling a “distasteful joke, saying on Instagram Tuesday that she “would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.”


Originally appeared on MRC NewsBusters. Reprinted with permission.

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  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Sure, Ms Dunham perhaps feels unqualified to be the poster child for her favored cause. I wonder if she also regrets her mothers choice of timing when she exercised her “pro choice” options ..? Seriously. how deep must be the delusion that promotes this type of logic? W/out voices like hers, I might almost have forgotten just how wide is the breach that separates truth from fiction in the darkened hearts of those who while professing themselves to be wise have become fools – or even worse, have become enablers leading many vulnerable woman astray …

  • Gary

    I would bet that Dunham’s views on abortion would be different if her mother had chosen to abort her. The abortion advocates, along with those who think the world has too many people, think that abortion is justified, but of course, they are glad their mothers didn’t choose to abort them.

  • Paul

    Wishing she had killed her kid…good though horrific to see where taking a Godless path will lead a person.

    • jgmusgrove

      You are so right. She is one sick puppy, agonizing over not having been able to kill a child growing insider her own body.

  • Chip Crawford

    I don’t keep up with current film, and am, superficially I’m sure, surprised that someone as plain as this girl would be a well known actress. They used to be more attractive and stylish than the average person, but she is less so than many girls you see around you every day.

  • Dave Hobbs

    Looks like the ‘swamp’ in Hollywood is even worse than the one in Washington DC. An utter train wreck of humanity.

  • John Rykken

    Hey Stream editors, why do you give credibility to this useless person by reporting on her? Please, just don’t report on this type of person and they will not be an influence on your audience. You have no obligation to inform anyone about what such a person says. Don’t you have anything better to do?

  • Noclassjones

    Only person who should had abortion was her mother, or sperm donor could have used a rubber!!!

  • L. Young

    Hey now, this is a deluded and deceived woman who needs Christ.
    Lord, we pray that You reveal Yourself to Lena, that she may know the Author of Life who created her in her mother’s womb.

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