ABC's 'Scandal' episode sparks controversy over Planned Parenthood and abortions.ABC's hit drama Scandal dropped a major bombshell on Thursday, seeming to show the lead character Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, ending a pregnancy she may have had with her lover, President Fitzgerald Grant. Earlier in the episode another character, former First Lady Mellie Grant, now divorced and the junior Senator from Virginia, filibustered a spending bill which might have helped Congress end funding to Planned Parenthood. The result was a major focus at the heart of issues affecting women's reproductive health and the politics surrounding them. Presented as part of Scandal's winter finale, Thursday's episode drew a ton of reaction online. Planned Parenthood tweeted "Thanks to (Scandal executive producer) @shondarhimes for standing with Planned Parenthood & for being groundbreaking creator." E! Online declared the finale "left us speechless."
whoa, Liv getting an abortion onscreen? This is going to be a TV history moment #Scandal isabella biedenharn (@isabella324) November 20, 2015
In what alternate universe is a *Republican* filibustering to make sure Planned Parenthood gets funded? #Scandal Kathryn Brightbill (@rynthetyn) November 20, 2015
Planned Parenthood and an abortion in the same episode. Shonda Rhimes is not playing!!!! Bravo, #Scandal. BRAVO!!! Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) November 20, 2015
Abortion on TV? Don't tell the GOP. #Scandal Tony Snark (@Latinegro) November 20, 2015