What A Pig!!
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 Virgin, Crazy 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 bitch”) 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.
Salon, the online magazine that produced articles defending pedophilia and the celebration of many other formally outrageous social deviances, seems to be promoting abortion not only as a women’s rights issue but as a glorious end goal in and of itself. It is sickening how the elite manipulate our nation’s morals towards the destruction of life, family and what once would be considered civilized behavior. Over a hundred years of indoctrination and Bernaysian propaganda by the hidden hands of power elites will be difficult, if not simply impossible for Donald Trump, no matter how anti-PC and cultural Marxist he may be.
At least it’s been a good year to talk about abortion. It’s been such a terrible year for women in so many ways, it’s difficult to see the places progress has been made. But no matter how difficult our (mostly male) conservative overlords try to make it, the fact remains that abortion is a constitutional right and a routine procedure that well over half a million real American women undergo a year. And more fictional ones than ever.
The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision is now almost old enough to be in menopause itself, but until recently, prime time television has had a skittish relationship with reproductive choice. Pregnancy storylines have tended to end in either conveniently well-timed miscarriages or shark-jumping babies. But in 2016, that changed. Here are our TV’s best abortion moments of the year.
Bojack Horseman”: Brrap Brrap Pew Pew
In a sequence tailor made to make your right-wing family members apoplectic, the animated comedy took Diane’s rational, adult decision and turned it into a musical number. Sung and danced by a dolphin. Called “Get Dat Fetus, Kill Dat Fetus.” The unexpected storyline made for insightful cultural commentary, and a banger for your workout mix.
This is mind numbingly outrageous.
It was a bad year for real abortion rights, but a good year for fictional ones