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Shonda Rhimes On 'Scandal' Abortion: 'A Woman Made A Choice About Her Body'

Shonda Rhimes On 'Scandal' Abortion: 'A Woman Made A Choice About Her Body'

Kerry Washington and the stars of Scandal arrive at the show’s panel during 2016 PaleyFest Los Angeles held at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday (March 15) in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old actress and her cast members – including Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Joe Morton, Joshua Malina, Cornelius Smith Jr., and creator Shonda Rhimes – discussed the show’s fifth season and spoke about Kerry‘s character Olivia’s decision to get an abortion in a recent episode of the hit ABC series.

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“My question is, does he have to?” Shonda responded when a fan asked when Fitz (Tony) will find out about the abortion (via Variety). “A woman made a choice about her body that she legally has the right to make. I haven’t actually decided, but I wonder sometimes. We talk about it a lot.”

FYI: Kerry is wearing an Ulyana Sergeenko dress. Bellamy is wearing a Josie Natori dress paired with a Rodo clutch, Randall Scott Fine Jewelry earrings, Sylva & Cie rings, and Jerome C. Rousseau pumps. Darby is wearing Cesare Paciotti pumps. Katie is wearing a St. John skirt.

45+ pictures inside of Kerry Washington and her co-stars at 2016 PaleyFest…

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  • Wendy

    I’m pro-choice, but I do think that the father of the child should at least be told, it is his child too.

  • John

    Father should be told.

  • FormerLamark

    Perhaps a man is the father, but it’s not his body, not his life, he will not give birth and so on. A man can’t decide about this, only can offer to be the child”s father actually and will bring up. A man can’t dispose of an other person’s body, life. That would be a force/oblige.

    And what if the “father” is just a one-night/one-hour relationship, and the next day will disappear forever from the woman’s life?

  • Stefelles

    It’s one thing if it is a one night stand, another if the two have a relationship – which she does in the show.

  • Wendy

    Agreed. I think hiding having had an abortion from your partner would be a hard thing to have on your conscience.

  • shoes4life

    I swear that Shonda hates love and men. She sabotages every relationship in her shows. Now she has that April girl keeping secret to her hours long ex-husband about their baby. I’m about sick of her shows. Since the new season of Scandal it has not been must see TV for me since that horrible winter finally.

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