Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver take a stand for reproductive rights in ‘Unwanted’
There are two sides to every story. With that in mind, writer and actress Lena Dunham is taking a stand — not only for women’s rights, but for reproductive rights.
Speaking on the radio show “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC on Tuesday night, the “Girls” creator and star said that “having a right to a safe abortion is not a small thing,” adding that it is “biger than the right to vote in this country.”
Dunham has previously made her opinion on reproductive rights known and tweeted on Monday that it is a “tragedy that’s just waiting to happen.”
“It’s a tragedy that’s just waiting to happen,” she told the New York Times in a story published on Sunday. “When you look at all the things that are happening to women and children in the country today, not to get pregnant is one of them.” She then added that she opposes late-term abortions and that women should always be allowed to choose.
“I’m so excited to use Lena Dunham’s voice to really have a discussion about the right to choose and the importance of women’s reproductive rights,” said Maddow. “The fact is that, since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, over 40 million babies have been killed in this country, and half of those babies were girls. We’re talking about a baby who doesn’t have control of their own life, we’re talking about a baby whose life is determined by their mom, we’re talking about a baby who has been aborted.”
Dunham’s comments drew an immediate response from the National Organization for Women, who blasted her stance on women’s reproductive rights. “I can’t have an ‘abortion safe’ when the entire basis of reproductive healthcare is unsafe,” NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement on Tuesday. “Her statement is simply ridiculous.