Lena Dunham: 'I Wish I Had' an Abortion

Actress Lena Dunham announced last week that she wished she had snuffed out a baby growing inside her, so that she could escape the "stigma around abortion." She said that having an abortion made her mother and her friends better people, and she introduced a guest on her show who wanted to have "just a light, cute talk about abortion."

"We all know that there's cultural stigma, it's hard to put an abortion on network TV," Dunham, a writer and producer of HBO's show "Girls," said on last week's installment of her show "Women of the Hour." She described being surprised — not by the cultural stigma, but by her own stigma against the procedure.

"I always thought that I myself didn't stigmatize abortion — I'm an abortion rights activist, it's a huge part of who I am," Dunham said. But when a young girl asked her, as part of a project, to share the story of her abortion, Dunham "sort of jumped."

"I haven't had an abortion, I told her," the actress narrated. "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. ... Even I felt it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department."

Then Dunham said she was actually jealous of people who had had abortions. "So many people I love, my mother, my best friends, have had to have abortions for all kinds of reasons," she said. "I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge, and it was a really important moment for me to realize that I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us."

"Now, I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had," Dunham concluded.

The show was jam-packed with pro-abortion talking points. Dunham described how "from an early age," her mother taught her "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."