Girls writer and actress Lena Dunham is known for her staunch feminist stance and relatable humour.
However, the star recently made a comment about abortion that didn't go down too well.
Speaking on her podcast Women Of The Hour, she said: "I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
I can't even imagine how offensive Lena Dunham's comments are to women who actually had to go through abortions
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 20, 2016
Saying you wish you'd had an abortion is the stigmatizing action here @lenadunham Abortion is a HARD choice to make, not a trip to get froyo
— Bry!!! on Ice (@bryscalley) December 20, 2016
On the podcast segment, Lena was discussing time when she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic and was asked to share her experiences on abortion.
“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,” she recalled.
“And I realised then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department.”
.@lenadunham FYI an abortion is not something you "get to have." It's an awful experience one SHOULDN'T wish for like a gift from Santa
— s a s h a (@kisslow) December 20, 2016
To be such a talented woman of words and writing, Lena Dunham still manages to say all the wrong things
— tea with tami (@TeaWithTami) December 20, 2016
Listeners were quick to criticise the obvious offensiveness of the comedian's statements, which could be perceived as very hurtful to women who have gone through an abortion.
Twitter users also slated the star for aligning herself with the pro-choice movement, as her comments do not represent their views.
As someone who has had an abortion, pls stop Lena Dunham. PLEASE STOP.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) December 20, 2016
"Please don't mistake Lena Dunham's comment as pro-choice. What she said was pro-abortion which, until she said it, was not an actual thing," said one.
Her comments were branded "insensitive and ignorant" by others.
The writer then took to Instagram to apologise for her comments.
"I would never, ever intentionally trivialise the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma."
The star admitted that she had "messed up" and in attempt to make up for it, gave a "sizeable donation" to a pro-choice fund.