Shonda Rimes Continues Grand Tradition Of Advocating For Reproductive Rights On The Small Screen
Last night on “Scandal”‘s winter finale, Shonda Rimes doubled down on her commitment to supporting reproductive rights (not to mention Planned Parenthood) by once again having the star of her show have an abortion. Like Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) on “Grey’s Anatomy,” who terminated a pregnancy in season eight, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was shown reclining back onto an examination table and placing her feet in stirrups, the implication being that she was aborting a pregnancy.
Meanwhile, in ripped from the headlines fashion, Mellie Grant was standing on the Senate floor, filibustering her heart out in order to stop the defunding of Planned Parenthood, as the fictionalized version of Texas’s own Wendy Davis. Putting aside the sadly ludicrous fact that no real female Republican representative has the moral fortitude to do such a thing, the episode was a bold, moving and defiant fuck you to all of the politicians who seek to chip away at women’s reproductive rights.
Planned Parenthood released a statement following the episode, which said:
Shonda Rhimes used her platform to tell the world that if Planned Parenthood lost funding for contraception counseling, STI testing, cancer screenings, and safe, legal abortion — millions of people would suffer. We applaud Shonda Rhimes tonight — and every Thursday night — for proving that when women are telling our stories, the world will pause and watch. We just hope those in Congress — and throughout the nation — who are steadfast on rolling the clock back on reproductive health care access are taking note.